Senegal's 2012 Elections

  • Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011
  • Long considered a robust and stable democracy, Senegal is facing a contentious run-up to presidential elections slated for February 2012, with aging incumbent Abdoulaye Wade seeking a third term amid widespread criticism of worsening corruption and malgovernance. President Wade's attempt to push for constitutional changes to facilitate his re-election and his apparent intention of seeing his son, Karim, succeed him, triggered widespread popular protests in recent months in Dakar and beyond. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, former Senegalese foreign minister and current presidential candidate, and Alioune Tine, president of a leading Senegalese human rights organization RADDHO (The African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights), will discuss the current political climate in Senegal and the longer-term implications of the 2012 elections for Senegalese democracy and rule of law.


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