Abdoulaye Wade should make the trip to vote

The former president, leader of the national list of the opposition coalition Wallu Senegal, lives in France. But he is expected in Dakar on Saturday, July 30, according to his training, on the eve of parliamentary elections on Sunday.

From our correspondent in Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

His return to Senegal had been mooted during the campaign, which ends on Friday evening, July 29, and then postponed. But this time it’s the right one, says Mamadou Lamine Thiam, campaign director of the Wallu Senegal coalition: Abdoulaye Wade, 96, is expected to Dakar on Saturday from Paris. “We were waiting for the president, you know, I announced it, the president will be there this Saturday to vote, he will come to vote. I had confirmed what has been announced since the beginning of the campaign. Inch Allah, he will be there,” he hopes.

“It’s good news” and the fact that he will return “after the end of the campaign is easier to manage, for contacts, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic”, says a coalition official.

Wallu Senegal has entered into an electoral alliance with the main opposition coalition Yewwi Askan Wi – led by Ousmane Sonko – for the parliamentary elections. But Abdoulaye Wade, leader of the national Wallu list, will not sit in the assembly if elected, according to Mamadou Lamine Diallo, coordinator of the coalition.

His return to the country is in any case an event for his followers. The former president’s last public appearance in Dakar was in October 2019: a meeting at the palace with his successor and now opponent, President Macky Sall.

Also read: Senegal: the challenges of the parliamentary elections on 31 July

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