Youssou N’Dour set to run for Senegalese presidency | News

World renowned Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour has announced that he will stand in next month’s presidential elections and will run against the present leader Abdoulaye Wade, who is seeking his third term.

In an announcement on his own Television Futurs Medias (TFM) radio and television station N’Dour said: “I am a candidate. I will engage in the presidential race.” He has been vocal of the country’s leadership under Wade as formal employment in the country is limited and average income per person is $3 (£1.90) a day. Despite Senegal being seen as one of the most democratic and stable countries in West Africa as one of only countries in the region to never experienced a military coup, tension is rising ahead of the election and one prominent politician has been charged with murder.

On Monday N’Dour said: “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.

“It is true that I do not have a university education – but the presidency is not something you go to school for.”

[BBC/Guardian]