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Abdoulaye Wade
Abdoulaye Wade (1).jpg
3rd President of Senegal
In office
1 April 2000 – 2 April 2012
Prime Minister Moustapha Niasse
Mame Madior Boye
Idrissa Seck
Macky Sall
Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré
Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye
Preceded by Abdou Diouf
Succeeded by Macky Sall
Personal details
Born (1926-05-29) 29 May 1926 (age 97)
Kébémer, French Sudan
(now Senegal)
Political party Senegalese Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Viviane Wade[1]
Children Karim
Religion Sunni Islam

Abdoulaye Wade (Listeni/ɑːbdˈlə wɑːd/; born 29 May 1926)[2][3] is a Senegalese politician who was President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012. He is also the Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and has led the party since it was founded in 1974.[4][5] A long-time opposition leader, he ran for President four times, beginning in 1978, before he was elected in 2000.[4] He won re-election in 2007 with a majority in the first round, but in 2012 he was defeated in a controversial bid for a third term.

  1. Laura Bush hosts Viviane Wade The White House, 6 December 2004
  2. World Leaders 2003: Senegal: Personal Background, Encyclopedia of the Nations.
  3. Nossiter, Adam (January 27, 2012). "Senegal Court Says President Can Run Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Profiles of People in Power: The World's Government Leaders (2003), page 457.
  5. Profile of Wade at PDS web site (French).