Penda Mbow

Penda Mbow is associate professor of history at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, where she has published widely on African political and social issues. She has previously served as Senegal’s minister of culture. This essay was translated from the French by Philip Costopoulos.

January 2008, Volume 19, Issue 1

Senegal: The Return of Personalism

Senegal's 2000 presidential election marked the end of forty years of one-party rule. But the reign of President Wade has been a severe disappointment, dashing hopes for democratic consolidation. *This is a corrected text of the print and original online version of this essay, portions of which drew heavily on Tarik Dahou and Vincent Foucher's