Senegal ex-President Wade to vie for parliament post

Mr Wade served as president from 2000 to 2012. He lost the 2012 election to Macky Sall. Abdoulaye Wade (Born 29 May 1926) is a Senegalese politician who was President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012. He is also the Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and has led the party since it was founded in 1974.

Senegal ex-President Wade to vie for parliament post

Mr Wade served as president from 2000 to 2012. He lost the 2012 election to Macky Sall. Abdoulaye Wade (Born 29 May 1926) is a Senegalese politician who was President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012. He is also the Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and has led the party since it was founded in 1974.

31 May 2017 Wednesday 13:05
Senegal ex-President Wade to vie for parliament post

Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade, 91, is going to run for parliament in July's elections. He will top the list for the opposition PDS party.

Mr Wade served as president from 2000 to 2012. He lost the 2012 election to Macky Sall. Abdoulaye Wade (Born 29 May 1926) is a Senegalese politician who was President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012. He is also the Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and has led the party since it was founded in 1974.

 A long-time opposition leader, he ran for President four times, beginning in 1978, before he was elected in 2000. He won re-election in 2007 with a majority in the first round, but in 2012 he was defeated in a controversial bid for a third term.

Political career

At a summit of the Organization of African Unity in Mogadishu in 1974, Wade told President Léopold Sédar Senghor that he wanted to start a new party, and Senghor agreed to this. The PDS was founded on 31 July 1974.

The party—initially intended as a Labour party—adopted liberalism in 1976 due to the introduction of a law permitting the existence of only three parties with three distinct ideologies, two of which were taken by other parties (liberalism was therefore the only remaining option).

Wade first ran for President in February 1978 against Senghor, taking 17.38% of the vote.Senghor gave Wade the nickname "Diombor" (Wolof for hare). Also in 1978, Wade was elected to the National Assembly, where he served until 1980.

Wade attracted international attention in the wake of Senghor's announcement in late 1980 that he would resign; as the Secretary General of the PDS, he issued a statement denouncing the process and calling instead for the army to oversee a new set of elections.

Subsequently he ran in the presidential elections of 1983 and 1988, taking second place each time, behind Senghor's successor Abdou Diouf.

Following the 1988 election, he was arrested due to protests against the results and received a suspended sentence. Subsequently he went to France, but returned in 1990.

BBC

Updated: 31.05.2017 13:12
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