[IPS] Conakry – Like many rural youth, Abdoulaye Soumah spent a few years in Conakry, trying his hand at various jobs in the big city.
[RNW Africa] “I will vote for Wade, of course!” shouts Amadou, a young taxi driver, taking me to my hotel in downtown Dakar. “Wade has worked hard and that’s how it works here.” We drive past large posters of the various presidential candidates as Amadou points them out: Abdoulaye Wade, Macky Sall, Moustapha Niasse and Ousmane Tanor Dieng.
RNW Africa (Hilversum)-It was a very long wait but the decision of the Constitutional Court was never doubted: President Abdoulaye Wade can run for the highest office in the land. Out on the streets the mood is grim.
By Isaac Esipisu There are many reasons for being angry with Africa ’s strong men, whose autocratic ways have thrust some African countries back into the eye of the storm and threatened to undo the democratic gains in other parts of the continent of the past decades. For those who made ultimate political capital from opposing strongman rule in their respective countries, it is a chilling commentary of African politics that several leaders now seek to cement their places and refusing to retire and watch the upcoming elections from the sidelines, or refusing to hand over power after losing presidential elections.