Mr. Abdoulaye Wade,

Attorney Abdoulaye Wade was born on May 29, 1926 at Saint-Louis in northern Senegal. He is a member of the first generation of African intellectuals graduating from the French Western Africa Federal School for Teacher Training.
Abdoulaye Wade went to the Condorcet High School in Paris, and then studied at the Faculty of Law, University of Besançon, and the University of Grenoble. He holds degrees in law, economics, and applied mathematics. Upon his return to Senegal – where he had taught at the Faculty of Juridical Sciences in Dakar, of which he has been elected Dean in 1970 – he stopped his teaching activities to become an attorney in the capital city.

It is in this context that President Abdoulaye Wade worked as an international consultant for the Organization of African Unity, the African Development Bank, and other multilateral as well as pan-African institutions.

He started his political career as an activist of the Senegalese Progressive Union (UPS), led by President Senghor, and founded the Senegalese Democratic Party in 1974. Mr. Wade has been fighting alongside the opposition for 26 years. Renowned attorney, he describes himself as a liberal that wants to make good use of the quality of Senegal’s human resources to “build a modern country with the necessary basic infrastructures”. After 30 years in politics and 19 in the opposition, Mr. Abdoulaye Wade took over the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal on March 19, 2000, winning the elections against President Abdou Diouf, whose party, the Socialist Party, had held power for 40 years.

In 2004, President Abdoulaye Wade was awarded the Averell Harriman Prize for Africa presented by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), chaired by former U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright. Mister Abdoulaye Wade was awarded the prize for his positive actions in support of democracy and peace in his country, as well as throughout the world.

In 2006, he was the recipient of the Houpjouët Boigny Prize for the Pursuit of Peace, and joined a very selective group with Frederik De Klërk, Nelson Mandela, Itzhak Rabin, and Shimon Pérès.

President Wade was the designer of the Omega Plan, which gave birth to the NEPAD. Abdoulaye Wade was reelected President of the Senegal in February 25, 2007 with 51.84% of the votes.

On March 25, 2012, he was defeated by Macky Sall, who became the fourth President of the Republic of Senegal with more than 65% of the polls.
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