Monday, January 30, 2012

Youssou N'Dour Barred from Running for the Presidency in Senegal

Less than a month ago it was announced that legendary Senegalese singer/songwriter Youssou N'Dour would be running for president against 85-year old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, who is seeking a third term.

This weekend saw a series of riots and protests erupted in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, after it was announced that Wade would run for a third term but that N'Dour was left off the list of candidates by Senegal's Constitutional Council. The council stated he had not gathered the required 10,000 signatures of support. In response, N'Dour called on his supporters to prevent the elections from going ahead.

"We will never allow Abdoulaye Wade to take part in the election," he said, speaking on his own TFM television channel. "The decision to keep me out had nothing to do with the law. It was a political decision and we will reply with a political decision," he said, without giving further details.

Wade's decision to run for a third term challenges some readings of the Senegalese consitution. Now with N'Dour being barred from running, one of Africa's most stable democracies has suddenly been thrown into an edgy, contentious situation.

Read more on the situation HERE.

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