Karim Wade arrested for embezzlement

DAKAR, Senegal, April 16 (UPI) -- Karim Wade, the son of Senegalese ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, was arrested for allegedly embezzling billions of dollars during his father's rule, police said.

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LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A charity intent on fostering better leadership in Africa said Monday it will not, for the third time in four years, award its $5 million prize to any leader.
Hillary Clinton sings Senegalese praises

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DAKAR, Senegal, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. government is "very impressed" with the commitment to democracy displayed by Senegal.

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NAIROBI, Kenya, April 3 (UPI) -- Senegal's president has a chance to usher in a new era by offering up former Chadian President Hissene Habre to an international court, a rights group said.

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WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it canceled the travel advisory for Senegal as the country's first new president in 12 years was sworn into office.

Learn from Senegal, Pillay tells Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 28 (UPI) -- West African nations should look to Senegal as a model for how to conduct a peaceful transition of power, the U.N. human rights chief said.

Senegal praised for peaceful transition

LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- The people of Senegal are recognized for the commitment to democracy through a relatively peaceful transition of power, the British foreign secretary said.

Challengers give Sall victory in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal, March 26 (UPI) -- Most opposition candidates in Senegal threw their support behind former Prime Minister Macky Sall to secure a runoff victory, the president acknowledged.

Close presidential vote starts in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal, March 25 (UPI) -- An unusual presidential election was under way Sunday in Senegal, pitting an incumbent against one of his top advisers, international observers said.

Senegal president confident in re-election

DAKAR, Senegal, March 24 (UPI) -- After taking the most votes in Senegal's first round of voting, President Abdoulaye Wade says he's confident he will be re-elected in the second round.

U.S. issues travel warning for Senegal

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. citizens in Senegal are advised to avoid political gatherings amid a tense post-election environment, the U.S. State Department advised.

U.N. chief urges peaceful Senegal runoff

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Senegalese citizens to keep "a spirit of civic commitment" during the second round of presidential voting.

Challenger confident of win in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal, March 1 (UPI) -- The desire for change in Senegal will lead to the defeat of incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade in a second round of voting, his opponent said.
Senegal election heads to second round

Senegal election heads to second round

DAKAR, Senegal, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The presidential contest in Senegal is headed to a runoff after neither of the main contenders failed to secure more than half of the vote, a spokesman said.

Senegal headed to runoff election

DAKAR, Senegal, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Unofficial results from a presidential election in Senegal suggest a runoff vote is likely between the incumbent and a former prime minister, authorities said.
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Abdoulaye Wade
WAP2002061801 - WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) - President George W. Bush meets with President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on June 18, 2002. The two leaders discussed Wade's ideas for development in Africa and Bush also planned to praise Wade for Senegal's work toward resolving the political crisis in Madagascar. cc/cc/Chris Corder UPI .

Abdoulaye Wade (born May 29, 1926) is the third and current President of Senegal, in office since 2000. He is also the Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and has led the party since it was founded in 1974. A long-time opposition leader, he ran for President four times, beginning in 1978, before he was elected in 2000.

Wade was born in Kébémer, Senegal; officially, he was born in 1926, although some claim he was born several years earlier, and the record-keeping of the time is not considered particularly reliable. He studied and taught law at the lycée Condorcet in France. He holds two doctorates in law and economics. He was also dean of the law and economics faculty at the University of Dakar in Senegal. He is married to Viviane Wade. Their son, Karim Wade, is the former head of the national agency of the Islamic Organization Conference and has served since May 2009 as the Minister of State for International Cooperation, Urban and Regional Planning, Air Transport, and Infrastructure. Their daughter, Sindjely Wade, is a Special Assistant to the President who has participated in many Paris-Dakar rallies.

At a summit of the Organization of African Unity in Mogadishu in 1974, Wade told President Léopold Sédar Senghor that he wanted to start a new party, and Senghor agreed to this. The PDS was founded on 31 July 1974. The party—initially intended as a Labour party—adopted liberalism in 1976 due to the introduction of a law permitting the existence of only three parties with three distinct ideologies, two of which were taken by other parties (liberalism was therefore the only remaining option). Wade first ran for President in February 1978 against Senghor, taking 17.38% of the vote. Senghor gave Wade the nickname "Diombor" (Wolof for hare). Also in 1978, Wade was elected to the National Assembly, where he served until 1980. Subsequently he ran in the presidential elections of 1983 and 1988, taking second place each time, behind Senghor's successor Abdou Diouf. Following the 1988 election, he was arrested due to protests against the results and received a suspended sentence. Subsequently he went to France, but returned in 1990.

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