Senegal’s ex-president returns for legislative elections

DAKAR, Senegal (Globe Afrique) — Hundreds of people and several opposition leaders have welcomed the return of former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, who has returned to lead the opposition group into legislative elections.

The 91-year-old ex- president flew into Dakar Monday from Paris where he has been staying since leaving office. He has spent five years abroad following a failed bid for a third term in office, but retains a strong support base in Senegal.
Wade heads up the list of candidates for his and other opposition parties in hopes of winning a majority in July 30 legislative elections.

The ex-president last returned in 2014 before the trial of his son, Karim, on charges of corruption and illegally accumulating fortune. Karim, a former Cabinet minister was freed in 2016 and is currently living in Qatar.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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