Wade looks to farm prices and prestige for electoral success
Despite a growing sense that he is losing his political touch, President Abdoulaye Wade is determined to stand in February’s presidential election, people close to him have told Africa Confidential. However, many people feel that the 85-year-old should retire and he faces a growing field of candidates. A widely respected top United Nations official and former minister, Ibrahima Fall, announced he was standing on 4 May, calling himself ‘the solution for Senegal’. This blow to Wade was followed the very next day by the resignation of his Justice Minister, Cheikh Tidiane Sy. Wade may draw some comfort from the thought that Fall could take votes from the opposition as much as from him and that Sy was widely regarded as inept.
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