A few days ago the international music star Youssou N’Dour announced he would be a candidate in February’s Presidential elections in Senegal.
In the full interview to be broadcast on euronews on Thursday he says he does not believe the current president Abdoulaye Wade has the right to stand. “The constitution bars him from a third mandate, it even rules out his standing as a candidate. From the start of my career I’ve spoken to the leaders of my country through my music, and I’ve sung about the situation of the country. I don’t think they’ve ever listened. So I’m a political figure in Senegal. I’m realising democracy is being torpedoed, and I believe that through my story, my life and what has happened around me, that I represent the alternative.”