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article imageSenegalese singer Youssou N'Dour to run for president

By Miriam Mannak     Jan 3, 2012 in Entertainment
Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, who collaborated with international musicians like Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Neneh Cherry, will run for president in his home country.
According to N'Dour, one of Africa's most prominent singers, Senegal's current president Abdoulaye Wade is not eligible for run for a third five-year term.
“He does not have the right to run. His run is [unconstitutional],” said N’dour in an interview with Voice of America.
It is said that N'Dour will be running under his own party “Fekk Maci Boole" (“I am a part of this, so I must act"), which is based on socio-democratic principles. Senegal's Constitutional Court however, has yet to rule on N'Dour's eligibility to participate in the elections.
N'Dour's decision comes as a surprise, as the next presidential elections are scheduled to take place in barely 5 weeks time.
It is unsure what the singer's chances are when he is allowed to run, as he lacks political experience. What works strongly in N'Dour's favour however, is his popularity among Senegal’s younger generations - among other things because of his involvement in all sorts of social causes. He for instance is the driving force behind a campaign to fight malaria in his home country, a disease which kills thousands of Senegalese per year.
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