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[PORTRAIT 4/5] Presidential elections in Senegal: dissident Madic Niang



In Senegal there are five in the presidential race: leaving Macky Sall, Idrissa Seck, Madicke Niang, Issa Sall and Ousman Sonko. Less than one month before voting RFI draws a portrait of one of the candidates every day. Today, Madian Niang of the Senegalese Democratic Party, a party that has always rejected his candidacy, judged her to be a dissident against Karim Wade.

In front of one of the many mosques in Dakar, Ibrahima Faye wears an orange vest. It should be better seen on the roads: the man is a mechanic and fixes the cars that go to the holy city of Touba. "He is a good man, he has a strong character and helps people, the most important thing in life is help, he helps, he's a great man," he says.

Touba, the popular destination of Madian Niangu for the campaign. The candidate has a great popularity in this historic PDS bastion. But Madika Niang has no support in the territory, they call his critics. The candidate assures that he is not far from himself: "It is a real reality that brings sharp denial. I have crowds everywhere."

For the country, he wants to be inspired by his teacher: former President Abdoulay Wade: "Today, my view is what President Wade has rejected in social liberalism that can promote competition while supporting the most disadvantaged"

Equalizing act

Implementing his adventure, claiming to be based with Abdoulay Wade, but without PDS, is an equation that the candidate needs to solve. In fact, at the beginning of October 2018 Madic Niang is working as president. A sudden blow was quickly rejected by most of the Senegalese Democratic Party. In particular, Abdoulay Wade refused, the former president signing a vitriolic statement in which he accuses the dissident of ruling power, namely Macky Sall.

However, Madian Niang has always taken care to stand up as Plan B, appealing in the event of the waiver of Karim Wade's candidacy. The man was right. The candidate who invested the PDS was excluded from voting by the Constitutional Council. Party party did not move: it's Karim Wade or nothing.

Born in Saint-Louis, Nidian Madian is a faithful follower of Abdoulay Wade. The Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2009 is still the lawyer of the former president during the Babacar Seye affair. At the age of 65, the man assured himself he was going to be a surprise election.

Papis Lo, a student, is mixed with Madian Niang's chances. "It's true he took his duties, he wants to go alone, he does not know what he wants for me, I think it's his problem."

It remains clear whether the vote of the party's voters is conditional on the support of Abdoulay Wade. Gesture that the candidate does not have yet.


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