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Wade grooms son?

2009-06-03 09:49

Dakar - Senegal's parliament on Tuesday approved legislation to create a new vice presidential post amid speculation that President Abdoulaye Wade is grooming his son Karim as a successor.

According to the text, the vice president will be appointed by the president but not succeed the head of state. Wade has to now officially sign the bill into law.

Many observers in Senegal believe Wade, 83, is planning a family succession. He recently appointed 40-year-old Karim to a key ministry post.

Wade first spoke of creating the post of vice president following local elections in March when an opposition coalition trounced the ruling parties in local elections, denying Karim the chance of being elected mayor of Dakar.

Wade said at the time the post could go to a woman.