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Senegal: ex-president seeks position in parliament

The former president of Senegal, Aboulaye Wade returned to the West African country to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections; after an announcement in May that he was to lead a coalition of parties in the legislative polls.

The 91-year-old was welcomed by a huge crowd on Monday July 11 from the airport in the nation’s capital, Dakar.

The three weeks campaigns have opened ahead of the elections due to be held by ending July.

Wade who previously served as president between 2000 and 2012 is the leader of the Democratic Party hoping to get into a tussle with the Macky Sall led ruling coalition.

According to a party member, Wade’s come-back to politics is a message to young people. Saying Wade will try to do the campaign as he can.

“It is a great lesson for African youths. Therefore just his presence satisfies us. The rest will be done by youths of the coalition for future victories,” one activist and politician said.

He added that the most important aspect of his come is the fact that he is a former president seeking a seat as a simple candidate.

Source: Africanews, Reuters

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