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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Wade digs his heels in

The President shows a steely determination to get himself re-elected, leaving electors asking if the opposition can match him

The prospects for massively increased violence in Dakar are strong after several people died in the last days of January during opposition rallies against President Abdoulaye Wade. This follows the Constitutional Court’s decision to rule President Wade’s candidacy in the election scheduled for 26 February lawful. The ingredients for a stark confrontation between tens of thousands of disaffected voters and the security forces were present as Africa Confidential went to press. The Court had also angered many by disqualifying the singer Youssou N’Dour from standing in the election. Despite submitting 13,000 signatures rather than the required 10,000, the Court ruled that only 9,000 of them were valid.

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