Wade shrugs off Western pressure

2012-02-06 14:45

Dakar - Senegal's president Abdoulaye Wade, whose re-election bid has drawn fierce criticism abroad, said in his opening campaign rally that France and the United States had no right to ask him to step aside.

"I do not seek the interest of the toubabs [Westerners], but that of the Senegalese people," the 85-year-old leader said late on Sunday in Mbacke, 200km east of the capital Dakar.

"The Americans and the French are not the Senegalese's bosses. Nobody can deny our strength," he said in a speech marking the official launch of the campaign for the February 26 presidential election.

The west African country's opposition argues that Wade's bid for a third term is unconstitutional, and has launched a protest movement aimed at forcing him to drop out of the race.

Former colonial power France and the United States, once fervent supporters of the veteran leader, have voiced their disappointment and suggested Senegal was ready for a next generation of leaders.

  • Donald - 2012-02-06 15:10

    85??? Do all of these African leaders suffer from the same disease?

  • Jos - 2012-02-06 15:50

    Africa is cursed, i tell you. These so called African leader can take your breath away forever...

  • Michael Laski - 2012-02-06 15:57

    I do not get the logic here, don't these clowns learn from disasters such as Zim, or do they...I guess they learnt that they can and will indeed personally gain from clinging to power. It's sadly time for another revolution in Africa again, 1 set forward 10 steps backward is the name of the game here

  • Buti - 2012-02-06 15:59

    Americans and French people never voted for him so why they have a problem in somebody territory.

      Newsmonger - 2012-02-06 16:36

      agreed, they want their hands in every country. Wish they would Piss off already

  • wesleywt - 2012-02-06 16:00

    Another dictator that needs an execution. Its a pity our friends, China and Russia believes that the people needs to be massacres to keep the parasites in charge.

  • Tim - 2012-02-06 16:11

    this guy must leave the office before we discover his skeletons coz one way or the other he is hiding/ protecting something thats why he does not want to leave the office. poor african leaders

  • Penny-wise - 2012-02-06 16:21

    "The problem with Africa are its Africans ... " - unknown

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-06 17:57

    African CULTURE!!

  • Fidel - 2012-02-07 02:07

    What is it that informs western colonialist that they have to interfere with the politics of other countries. It doesn't matter if Wade is 1000 years old, what matters is that the people of Senegal decide if they still want him as their leader or not. They must butt out indeed.

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