It’s peaceful in Dakar just before the second round of the presidential elections in Senegal. The current president Abdoulaye Wade – who, I was told yesterday, is really over 90 years old contrary to the “official” age – is contested by the opposition candidate Macky Sall. Some protests, possibly violent, were expected to occur. Therefore the preparation team of the Congresses of the Global Young Greens and Global Greens, taking place just after the elections, have had some extra trepidations.
Everything seems to be peaceful, though. Yesterday, arriving from the airport through the city, we saw nothing going on on the main square. The prep team is accommodated in Oceanium, situated just behind the presidential palace – yet, all is quiet. Maybe it’s because the locals seem to be confident of Sall’s victory, although he got less votes on the first round than Wade. There were 13 opposition candidates then, though. So if the opposition manages to combine their forces, as they sound determined to do, it should be possible for the country to change the leader. Wade has been president since 2000, and I think nobody should have the power for too long.
Tonight we’ll hear how it is going to be.