“This time, it’s confirmed: he will arrive early in the afternoon,” the spokesman for Wade’s Senegalese Democratic Party was quoted as saying.
Wade has been living in France for two years after his shock election defeat in 2012 to his protégé and former prime minister, Macky Sall. It’s not clear what triggered his decision to return though political analysts believe he’s to lend support to his son, Karim Wade, who had since been put under siege over allegations of embezzling Senegalese public funds.
Meanwhile, Wade’s return has sent shivers down the spines of the President Macky Sall regime. The Senegalese presidency was prompted to declare a ban on public demonstrations as pro-Wade activists planned to give him a rousing welcome.