Wade set for second round runoff


It looks almost certain that a shock second round runoff is about to happen in Senegal. Incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade who seemed so confident in yesterday’s poll has all but conceded in a press conference this evening that there will be a second round.

Although there has been no official results announced as yet, there have been a number of reports emerging that the president received 32.17% of the vote with his closest opponent, Macky Sall of the Alliance for the Republic (APR) received 25.54%.

If these figures are confirmed then there will be a second round runoff between these two men between 18th March and 1st April. Wade was facing thirteen other candidates in yesterday’s poll, but many activists determined to get him ousted were encouraging people to vote against the president regardless of which candidate they chose.

Macky Sall (51) has held several ministerial posts before becoming prime minister in 2004. He held the post until 2007 when, after a falling out with President wade, he left the president’s party, the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and founded the APR. He is a geological engineer by training.

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