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Vol 41 No 7

Published 31st March 2000


Senegal

Tables turned

Swept to power amid demand for change, President Wade has high expectations to meet

Senegalese are still reeling from the change they have brought about. By voting out their President of 17 years, Abdou Diouf, they have steered the country into the unknown territory of Sopi (meaning 'change' in Wolof), the main slogan of Abdoulaye Wade's victorious campaign. How much change will actually happen is another matter, not least because Diouf's Parti Socialiste, which has ruled for the 40 years since Independence, still holds 93 of the 140 seats in the National Assembly.

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