Musician Youssou N’Dour is to challenge Abdoulaye Wade for the Senegalese presidency in next month’s elections. The musician is one of around a dozen candiates hoping to prevent Wade from securing an extension to his 11-year period in office.
Speaking through his own TFM (Television Futurs Medias) media organistion, N’Dour confirmed his candidacy and issued a stinging rebuke of Wade’s policies. The star reserved particular criticism for Wade’s failure to tackle the country’s high unemployment rate and low average wage.
N’Dour is extremely popular in Senegal, as one of the country’s biggest international stars. The election is to be held on February 26th, against a backdrop of arguments over whether Wade should be allowed to stand for another term. Although the constitution restricts presidents to just two terms, Wade argues that this change came into effect after his first term started.