Senegalese Singer Yossou N’Dour Announces Presidential Candidacy

On January 2, famed Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour announced his candidacy in the country’s February 26 Presidential Elections.
N’Dour broadcasted on his channel TFM, Television Futurs Medias, “For a long time, men and women have demonstrated their optimism, dreaming of a new Senegal…They have, in various ways, called for my candidacy in the February presidential race. I listened. I heard.” He added “It is true that I do not have a university education – but the presidency is not something you go to school for.”
The 52-year old also told Reuters “For over 15 years I have heard this buzz going about for me.  An overwhelming majority of the Senegalese people have asked Youssou N’Dour to run as president … I said ‘yes’ and I agreed to be a candidate.”  
In addition to a career of internationally known music and movies, Youssou owns a newspaper, radio and television stations. 
The “7 Seconds” singer has challenged Senegal’s 11 year-incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade over high unemployment and the nation’s mean daily income of $3.
Maybe Akon will run as his vice-president? Check out Reuter’s report on the event below.
David Woodson

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