President Abdoulaye Wade in his famous shaven head. One group of Wade’s fervent supporters, promising some highly unusual celebrations following his 2000 election victory, told a journalist “We have told everyone we will shave our heads to be like ... Wade.”
“The first great objective of my political life was to get rid of a system in
Abdoulaye Wade was born in 1926 in
President Wade is also the leader of the Senegalese Democratic Party, a liberal party. He led the opposition for decades and was, at times, exiled and imprisoned at Besançon prison for his political activities. An advocate of democratisation, Abdoulaye Wade helped to launch the New Partnership for
Abdoulaye Wade's CEO Vision for Senegal
When asked what he needed from
"My vision is that
President Abdoulaye Wade, with his wife First lady Vivian Wade, receives the African Gender Award in recognition of his role in the promotion of gender equality, on May 2, 2005 in Dakar, Senegal.
"I believe in a liberal economy and have never put much faith in the state-run economy, because it fails. I support the state, but not the state-run economy. The state should intervene only to create the conditions necessary for the private sector to thrive. I am counting on the private sector, because it is crucial to
ON BRINGING AN END TO THE AFRICAN EXODUS TO THE WEST ...
One of the biggest problems facing
"When I look around at these major projects which are being set up in Senegal right now, they are all being run by young graduates who have come back after having studied at international institutes in the US and France. For some of them this is their first job. They want to come back and my problem is finding good enough jobs for all of them. The young people who are migrating in boats to the