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Wade finally met son before returning to France

According to Seneweb, Mr Wade actually met his son on Sunday night. It stated: ”Karim was taken from his prison cell for hours to meet his father before returning to Rebeuss”. It added that the former president decided to return to France on Tuesday, after more than a month’s stay in Dakar. 

The former Senegalese president’s intention was to prepare his party for the coming local elections and lend support to his embattled son awaiting trial for alleged illicit enrichment. 

Seneweb disclosed that Wade returned to France on Tuesday for just ten days during which “he will take care of certain businesses,” quoting family sources. This means that Mr Wade will return before the local government elections scheduled for June 29. No further details have been received on the purpose of his stay in Paris. 

Wade was away from Senegal for 22 months following his defeat in the 2012 presidential election. Analysts said his return to Dakar signaled his intent to revive the activities of his party. But this has been fairly quiet in recent weeks despite his many harsh criticisms of the government of Macky Sall. Wade spent most of his recent sojourn in Senegal making courtesy visits to the heads of religious fraternities who dominate the social life in the neighbouring country. 

In a separate development, the secretary general of the Organisation of the Francophonie, former Senegalese president Abdou Diouf, arrived in Dakar on Tuesday.  According to APS, he will co-chair the 9th Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organizations underway in Dakar from Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 June with President Macky Sall. 

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