Cimber3 January 2012 at 7:44amPosts: 2571 (0 today)Status: offline
Peter Gabriel once announced him as "the King of Dakar himself" back in the 8oies - looks like Youssou has got ambitions to become the next president of Senegal.
Shaking all around
Little rainbow3 January 2012 at 10:04amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
yes Cimber, he announced his willingness to do so in both french and Wolof last night on his own TV,
After a poet president, maybe a musician one through whom the red lion of Senegal seems to have some roaring to spread and share.
Good luck to him.
Little rainbow8 January 2012 at 4:06pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
Peter also said about the first time he listened to Youssou :
"I was blown away," he told the Observer. "The words that came to mind were liquid gold. A fluid and expressive voice."
"He's probably the top African artist in many ways. His music has reached a lot of people outside his culture.
and article in which we discover that both share some kind of family links :
Gabriel, who is godfather to one of N'Dour's sons (the singer reciprocated with Gabriel's son); certainly Isaac.
I personnaly can't stand any allusion to the fact that he didn't graduate, cause to my own knowledge, there's still no degree in Public welfare.
if I were senegalese, I'd rather see it as a chance to find someone having long term political views and goals, rather than a technician developping short term ones for personal purposes.
Little rainbow27 January 2012 at 11:26pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
Little rainbow27 January 2012 at 11:37pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
For Youssou N'dour, "Dakar is no longer under control."
rise28 January 2012 at 12:54pmPosts: 956 (0 today)Status: offline
That is the last thing, Senegal needs: unlegal court decisions, a third time for Wade and street fights.
To hold it down, there could be more engagement by other organizations like The Elders, UNO and world press.
The only thing, that was a bit discussable in N'Dours candidature was the late anouncing. But who knows, which arms would have been used, when it had been earlier.
Little rainbow28 January 2012 at 6:48pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
Nemesis_4729 January 2012 at 5:55amPosts: 989 (0 today)Status: offline
Senegalese pop star Youssou Ndour tussles with police
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Associated Press reporter saw police tussle with international pop star Youssou Ndour, who was pushed back by police when he tried to enter a police station where a leading opposition figure is being detained.
Ndour had come on Saturday to the Criminal Investigation Division as part of a large crowd of opposition supporters who wanted to show their solidarity with Alioune Tine, a well-known human rights activist who is being questioned by police.
Tine was the organizer of a demonstration Friday that turned violent following the decision of Senegal's constitutional court to allow the country's leader to run for a third term. The legal body approved President Abdoulaye Wade's third term bid, even though critics say the constitution allows a maximum of two.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's opposition called on the population Saturday to rise up against President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to run for a third term, a move that foreshadows more unrest after a night of clashes that saw a policeman stoned to death in the normally peaceful nation on Africa's west coast.
The streets of the capital were strewn with debris, sign of the riots that spread from a downtown square to the interior of the country late Friday after the country's constitutional court approved Wade's candidacy in next month's election.
The constitution was changed soon after the 85-year-old Wade took office in 2000 in order to impose a two-term limit. He argues that because the law was not in effect when he was elected, it should not apply to him.
In a statement Saturday, the M23 coalition representing all the major opposition candidates running in the election said the court had betrayed the people.
"A black page has been written in the history of our country by the decision to validate the candidacy of Abdoulaye Wade," the statement said. "We are inviting the population to organize and mobilize themselves to face Wade. The combat has started."
Opposition candidate Macky Sall, a former prime minister under Wade who is now running to unseat him, said they had given "the order" for people to take to the streets. He denied that future protests could turn violent.
Police spokesman Col. Alioune Ndiaye said a policeman had been killed late Friday during the riots that followed the court's verdict. A graphic video posted on YouTube shows a body lying on the ground, a cinderblock lying near his head, as a group of young men hurl more rocks.
"I can confirm that one policeman was killed," Ndiaye said. "He was attacked and he was hit in the head by a brick. He was stoned to death," he said.
Senegal finds itself at a crossroads before the Feb. 26 election. The dispute over the legality of Wade's candidacy is compounded by the worsening economic situation, including spiraling prices and grinding unemployment.
Wade has alienated many former allies as well as the population by giving an increasing share of power to his unpopular son. Corruption scandals have erupted at regular intervals, detracting from the government's achievements which include the building of numerous roads and bridges.
In 2008, an audit of the Ministry of the Family discovered that officials there had billed the government for coffee spoons costing $74 a piece. The entire cutlery set cost Senegal nearly $30,000.
Little rainbow29 January 2012 at 6:25amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
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Little rainbow29 January 2012 at 8:43amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
I posted it cause some videos (the one in front of the police station) and liks with some African press releases are yet unreachable from France.
just watched another interview on Senegalese tv.
About the rejection of his candidature :
"it's illegal and I have launched an appeal proceeding"
about US reaction :
"we're a little country, we don't own neither oil nor diamond, then the first reactions have been very shy. But we need to know who is supporting us, who is backing us ". Many people are yet helping us by spreading informations all around the world.
-(The US government in a first reaction called for the respect of the court decision).
"I will pursue my action, cause when I begin something I never let go untill the end".
Little rainbow29 January 2012 at 8:55amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
According to the M23, "tens" of its activists and leaders were arrested Saturday in the country, including its coordinator, Alioune Tine, the famous defender of human rights in Africa, which was Saturday night in the premises of the police in Dakar. He was arrested without warrant and was being questioned "from 5:30 p.m. (GMT)," he said in a statement the African Assembly for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO, NGOs) which he chairs.
The singer Youssou Ndour, whose nomination was rejected by the Constitutional Council, was "manhandled" by police while on his way to the police to support Alioune Tine, according to its spokesman, Doudou Sarr.
Speaking to the press, Ndour himself reported Saturday in Dakar of "threats" against his person, without providing details. However, he warned: "I never called for violence, but I tell you, I no longer controls my militants."
The announcement on Friday night to validating the application of contested Wade was followed by protests marred by violence in several neighborhoods of Dakar but also in provincial cities. One policeman was killed during the troubles - "a jet brick," the government, which said it had opened an investigation into this "heinous crime".
Saturday, calm had returned to Dakar, where security forces remained deployed in the arteries, however, and strategic
source French newspaper Libération".
Little rainbow29 January 2012 at 9:04amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
French government declaration:
France has said to wait "that the Constitutional Court rules in a clear and impartial claims" issued by the presidential candidates excluded.
Little rainbow29 January 2012 at 3:03pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
In the political field, appeals have multiplied against the candidacy of President Wade. Seven candidates including Ousmane Tanor Dieng, Moustapha Niasse, Idrissa Seck, filed Saturday night at the Constitutional court appeals for the invalidation of his candidacy for president.
European observatory mission
France will pay particular attention to observations that could make the election observation mission of the European Union on the validation process of the candidates. "
Little rainbow30 January 2012 at 4:26pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
It's over, it seems.
The constitutional council has rejected this monday for the second time Youssou N Dour as candidate , confirming the very same list than previously.
"Senegal is ashamed. Senegal is bruised. The process of constitutional coup is consumed. 52 years of building democracy just been swept away," he said on RFI.
"Senegal and its people are evil. We have been betrayed by this shameful decision. ...", I said, well shame he said on Radio France Internationale.
"I appeal, therefore, all the forces of this country, our African brothers, the international community has expressed its disagreement with the coup and constitutional institutions. The fight continues, because God is with the righteous" launched the singer.
seven people were injured today during a demonstration in the north, among who, 2 died at the hospital, a youngster 17 years old, and a women 60 years old.
Little rainbow30 January 2012 at 4:30pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
Sorry, forgot to change the translation before posting. Read Senegal and its people are hurt (and not evil, indeed)
In addition, several online news sites of Senegal had become inaccessible Sunday, according to the association representing which notes the coincidence with a "very tense", taking care, however, "to accuse anyone" for time.
Little rainbow31 January 2012 at 12:39amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
Aliou Tine lawyer who heads the Senegalese League for Human Rights was released late Monday evening after a more than 48-hour police detention.
Explanations about the reasons why Y N Dour's candidacy was disabled :
The candidature of leader Fekkai Ci Ma Bollé, Youssou Ndour, was finally and permanently disabled. She stumbled on the register of signatures required to accompany the record of any independent candidate in the presidential election. However, Youssou Ndour took precautions on this essential part of his file. He collected signatures in 12 regions of Senegal, where the texts that asked him to collect in 6 regions. He has submitted over 13,000 signatures to the Constitutional Council, while only 10,000 are required. To his surprise, he ended up with zero signature validated Fatick, Kédougou zero, zero Tivaouane ... so he had filed over 500 signatures for each of these localities. How could they be canceled? The various reasons given by the Constitutional Council to invalidate the candidacy of the popular singer are among others that some signatures were canceled because the same hand wrote the names and card numbers of several signatories. Even if it is the latter who actually signed it and thousands of signatures have been canceled. However, the level of illiteracy in our country makes these things possible, and that in many areas. Youssou Ndour and his team are most slaughtered by the decision of the Constitutional Council that they had 25,000 signatures in their possession and had themselves a sort to cancel 3000. The leader of Fekkai Ci Ma Bole has even less of a problem signatures as of 27 January, when the first rejection of his application, to January 29, its activists and supporters have sent to his staff 7000 new signatures. Given all this, Youssou Ndour considers that the signatures were arbitrarily canceled. He has this problem in a political, not legal policy.
Little rainbow26 March 2012 at 9:33amPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
It's over and official
Press release from "Fekke Maci Boolé" (I'm there then I make part of it) Youssou N Dour 's organisation
The election on March 25, 2012 was won by Mr Macky Sall, the candidate of any Senegalese opposition against the incumbent President Mr Abdoulaye Wade. The political movement created by the singer Youssou Ndour salutes the democratic maturity of the people of Senegal who has demonstrated his commitment to democratic principles and determination to achieve a democratic and peaceful mix.
In electing the President Macky Sall Senegalese people opted for consistency, the generational renewal and hope. Maci Fekke Boole would also like to salute the fair play of President Abdoulaye Wade, who conceded defeat and congratulated Mr Macky Sall immediately. Our leader Mr. Youssou Ndour was one of the most determined craftsmen in the fight for freedom and democracy. His candidacy has failed and its mobilization creates the shock needed to attract the attention of international opinion poll on the Senegalese.
His contribution to this mix is the real novelty peaceful in the African political scene where civil society is looking for representation. We remain confident that Mr Macky Sall appreciate the true value of the contribution of all social and political change. And implement development policies to lift people out of economic and social difficulties and draw the new Senegalese.
Little rainbow5 April 2012 at 8:09pmPosts: 3953 (0 today)Status: offline
At last, not president but minister of tourism and culture.