CDDRL scholar cautions against third term for Senegalese president


Signe OpEd HL
Defaced campaign poster of President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.
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In an opinion piece for The New York Times, CDDRL postdoctoral scholar Landry Signé discusses Senegal's backsliding democracy and the threat that President Abdoulaye Wade's third presidential bid poses to a country that was once West Africa's most stable. By manipulating the legal system, Wade was able to violate the constitution's two-term limit, but was unsuccessful in securing the necessary 50 percent of votes in Sunday's presidential race to avoid a runoff. Signé depicts the corruption, repression, and institutional manipulation Wade has committed to this young electoral democracy, impressing on the international community the urgency of supporting and defending Senegal's democratic traditions.