Abdoulaye Wade Quotes

Abdoulaye Wade (Born 29 May 1926) is a Senegalese politician who was President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012. He is also the 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, but in 2012 he was defeated in a controversial bid for a third term

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Abdoulaye Wade


Europe is not one of the major powers. And Africa even less so of course. But Africa has what Europe lacks: space, human resources, and natural resources while Europe has the technological innovation that Africa lacks. Together we can become a power which can count in the future.

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A small child from a developing country has the advantage, from a very early age, of having access to toys which structure his mind, which constitute a sure advantage over the little African child who has never even held a modern toy.

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“We wish to ensure that young Africans do not feel disorientated in the century in which they live.”

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“We will win the battle for Africa, which is in effect a battle for Humanity.”

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“I have decided to suspend this procedure to continue the dialogue with the opposition. That doesn't mean I have abandoned combining the elections,”

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“People of today should not forget those Africans who made a major contribution to world peace,”

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“The teacher that I was for decades, and that I still am in a certain way, wondered what was meant by the word education. I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing with such an essential and extensive subject.”

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“Democracy is constructed like an edifice, freedom by freedom, right by right, until it reaches its snapping point.”

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“Some people are living right in water, others are camping outside. Tackling that is more important than elections,”

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“We therefore must keep the faith, despite the defeat of policies, because men pass with their policies whilst generations follow each other.”

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“Education for all seems to be the product of a type of distributive justice that is in no way related to the individual.”

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I support the state, but not the state-run economy. The state should intervene only to create the conditions necessary for the private sector to thrive.

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I am counting on the private sector, because it is crucial to Senegal's future.

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“If we are utopists, leave us with our utopias so long as they induce action, so long as they are motivating.”

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