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Vol 41 No 5

Published 3rd March 2000


Senegal

Passion for change

President Diouf faces a second round of polling and the opposition scents victory

Changement was on everyone's lips during the presidential campaign. And change is indeed happening in Senegal. For the first time, the man who has led one of Africa's oldest democracies for 30 years as Premier and then President faces a second-round ballot (AC Vol 40 No 21 & Vol 41 No 3). Now President Abdou Diouf faces his toughest electoral battle yet. Much of the opposition, refusing to be coopted by Diouf's ruling party, has coalesced behind veteran oppositionist Abdoulaye Wade who has coveted the presidency for two decades. Rarely for African opposition groups, Senegal's oppositionists appear to have buried most of their differences and stand a real chance of winning against Diouf in the second round scheduled for 18 March.

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