Former President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal: I am a Freemason

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Former President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal: I am a Freemason

In 2009 the President of Senegal at that time admitted being a member of the oldest Fraternity in the world: Freemasonry. Abdoulaye Wade was initiated in a Lodge in the Capital City of the French Department of Doubs, Besançon, near the border with Switzerland.

He was President of Senegal during 12 years, from 2000 to 2012. Abdoulaye Wade (born 29 May 1926) is a Senegalese politician, Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and has led the party since it was founded in 1974. A long-time opposition leader, he ran for President four times, beginning in 1978, before he was elected in 2000.He won re-election in 2007 with a majority in the first round.

He studied and taught law at the lycée Condorcet in France. He holds two doctorates in law and economics. He was also dean of the law and economics faculty at the University of Dakar in Senegal. Abdoulaye Wade was internationally praised for his handling of the 2012 presidential election.

Brother Wade congratulated his opponent on his victory and peacefully stepped down. Wade's quick concession was praised by the African Union, European Union, United Nations and the United States. Because of this, Brother Abdoulaye Wade is considered to be one of those African leaders who are committed to democracy.


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