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Published On: Sat, Dec 23rd, 2023

Senegal Former President’s Son Karim Wade to Contest for 2024 Presidential Elections

Karim Wade, son of former head of state and an Ex-minister of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, has today announced his Candidacy and that he had filed his documents to contest for next year’s Senegal Presidential elections in February 2024.

Wade’s Democratic Party had designated him as its candidate but doubts had remained due to his sentencing to a jail term for corruption in 2015, three years after current President Macky Sall took office.

quote; I am happy to announce that my candidacy for the presidential election on February 25 was submitted quote; overnight, Wade said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Wade’s criminal record had prevented him from standing in the 2019 election which saw Sall re-elected.

A woman holds a picture of Karim Wade, former minister and son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade during a meeting of the opposition on February 4, 2015 at the Place de l’Obelisque in Dakar. AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU

However in August parliament voted to restore the eligibility of Wade and another opposition figure, former Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, following President Sall’s initiation of a political dialogue that was boycotted by various opposition groups.

Khalifa Sall, unrelated to the president, was imprisoned in 2017 and given a five-year jail term for fraud but released in 2019 after receiving a pardon like Wade.

More than 200 candidates have filed papers to contest the presidential election

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