Ex-President Wade to run for Parliament

Ex-President Wade to run for Parliament

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 Watu (Save) Senegal coalition, which includes his PDS party.

Mr Wade served as president from 2000 to 2012. He lost his bid to have a third term in office in 2012, when he was defeated by Macky Sall.

Wade’s second term saw the erosion of his popular support in the country, as many were disenchanted by the lack of progress in dealing with infrastructure problems, such as power shortages, and the rising cost of living.

Wade also faced criticism for his decision to commission a enormous statue, which was unveiled during Senegal’s 50th independence anniversary celebration in April 2010.

Born on May 29, 1926, Wade become lawyer and professor who was president of Senegal from 2000 to 2012.

Wade was educated in both Senegal and France, receiving a Ph.D. in law and economics from the Sorbonne (now part of the Universities of Paris I–XIII) in 1970. He practiced law in France for a few years and then returned to Senegal, where he became a professor and later dean of law and economics at the University of Dakar.

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