Former Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade on Monday returned to Senegal to participate in parliamentary elections.
The 91-year-old was received by a huge crowd as he left the airport in the capital, Dakar. It was announced in May that he was to lead a coalition of parties in the legislative polls. Campaign for the late July polls has opened and is expected to last for about three weeks.
His party comrades say Wade’s come-back to politics sends a message to young people. “He will try to do the campaign as he can. And the most important is the dynamic aspect of it for a former president to come back as a simple candidate.
“It is a great lesson for African youths. Therefore just his presence satisfies us. The rest will be done by youths of the coalition for future victories,” one activist said.
Wade will, however, be leading one side of the opposition with the other headed by former Mayor of Dakar Khalifa Sall, who was jailed in March over allegations of embezzling about $2.9 million.