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Graft-accused son of Senegal ex-leader 'to run for president'

A woman holds a picture of Karim Wade at a meeting of the opposition on February 4, 2015 at the Place de l'Obelisque in DakarKarim Wade, the son of a former Senegalese president and currently on trial for corruption, was chosen Saturday to be the former ruling party’s candidate in the next presidential election. “Karim Wade was chosen by 257 of the 268 delegates” to be the Democratic Party of Senegal’s presidential candidate, leading party member Tafsir Thioye told AFP. The announcement comes as Senegal’s anti-corruption court is expected to deliver its verdict in the case against Wade — son of the country’s longtime leader Abdoulaye Wade — on Monday. Saturday’s decision was made at a party congress that was attended by 88-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, who is the secretary general of the opposition Democratic Party of Senegal (PDS).

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