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[PORTRAIT 4/5] Senegal Presidential Elections: Madické Niang, dissident



In Senegal there are five in the presidential race: Outgoing Macky Sall, Idrissa Seck, Madicke Niang, Issa Sall and Ousmane Sonko. Less than a month before the vote, RFI makes a portrait of one of the candidates every day. Today, Madické Niang, of the Senegalese Democratic Party, a party that has always rejected his candidacy, judging it as a disident against Karim Wade.

In front of one of the many mosques in Dakar, Ibrahim Faye wears an orange waistcoat. It's better to see on the roads: a man is a mechanic and repairs cars that go to holy city Touba. – He's a good person. It has a solid character and helps people. The most important thing in life is to help. He helps. He's a big person, he says.

Touba, favorite destination of Madicke Niang for the campaign. The candidate enjoys great popularity in this historic bastion of the PDS. But Madické Niang has no support in this area, his defamers say. The candidate asserts that he is far from being "Reality is there to bring a sharp denial, everywhere I have representatives."

For the country, he wants to be inspired by his mentor: former President Abdoulaye Wade: "My vision today is what President Wade has rejected in social liberalism that can boost competition while supporting the most unfavorable"

The balancing act

Performing his adventures claiming to be in conflict with Abdoulaye Wade, but without the PDS, is the equation that the candidate has yet to resolve. Indeed, in early October 2018 Madické Niang ran for president. The surprise blow that quickly lost most of the Senegalese Democratic Party. Abdoulaye Wade was convicted by him, and the former president signed a harsh statement accusing the dissident that his authority was directed directly by Macky Sall.

However, Madické Niang has always insisted that she has set up as Plan B, an appeal in the event of a rejection of Karima Wade's candidacy. The man was right. The candidate who invested the PDS was excluded from voting by the Constitutional Council. The party did not move: that's Karim Wade or nothing.

Born in Saint-Louise, Madické Niang is a faithful follower of Abdoulaye Wade. The 2009 foreign minister is still a former president's lawyer during Babacar Seye's affair. At 65, a man assures that it will be a surprise choice.

Papis Lo, a student, gets in the chances of Madické Niang. – It is true that he has taken over his duties. He wants to go alone. For me, he does not know what he wants. I think that's his problem. "

It remains to be seen whether balloting of party voters will be conditioned by Abdoulaye Wade's support. The gesture the candidate has not yet received.


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