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Youssou Ndour enters presidential race

Singer Youssou Ndour-star, 52, announced on Monday that he will be entering the race for the Senegalese presidential elections in February.

Senagal singer Youssou N'Dour
Senagal singer Youssou N'Dour
"For a long time," many Senegalese "have, through various means, called for me to run for president in February. I listened and I responded favorably to their requests. I am (...) candidate, "said Ndour, also chairman of a citizens' movement created in 2010 and called "my Fekkai it Bolla" ("Here I am, therefore I am one "national language Wolof).

"It is a supreme patriotic duty(...) I am the alternative to the mix," he added, "the mix" referring to the regime of Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, a Liberal who came to power in 2000 after 40 years of socialist government. "Yes, I did not receive a university education, but the presidency is a duty not a job. I have proven competency, commitment, discipline and efficiency many times. A school in the world, I learned, I learned a lot. The trip educated as much as books.

Senegalese success
Born in October 1959 in the popular district of the Medina in Dakar a modest family, Youssou Ndour is now one of the best known Senegalese artists in the world and a producer of more than 20 albums. He established a studio in Dakar, set up a production company, a micro-credit organisation and a charitable foundation. The group, Future media, also includes a daily newspaper which is often critical of the regime of President Abdoulaye Wade and has a large following in Senegal.

10% inspiration, 90% perspiration
In a statement released on Monday, he promised to "make Senegal a country that works by itself, by... the strength of its children." His campaign includes initiatives for peace in the troubled region of Casamance (south), good governance, development of agriculture but also social-oriented projects, including health and education. "My life is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration," he said.

Prior to Mr. Ndour's announcement, about twenty persons, mostly from political parties and civil society, announced their intention to run for office or have been selected as candidates for the election, said the outgoing head of state Abdoulaye Wade.
The first round of voting is scheduled on February 26.
Source: AFP
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