Thursday, February 24, 2011

SENEGAL - The dangers of a monarchical drift

Abdoulaye Wade has managed to domesticate a people inherently hostile to impose its monocracy in a country where citizens choose their democratically elected since 1848. Keeping up appearances of a great democracy, he managed to fashion a compliant Parliament, a Justice and a people subjected to sleep.

All are members of his camp, all senators elected or appointed from among those in his camp. While the principle of universal suffrage and representative democracy seemed acquired, it has arrogated to itself the right to appoint his successor from among its appointed senators. It requires us to reverse three decades, bringing up to date a practice he himself had denounced the estate by appointment.

He had publicly stated that the Constitution does not allow him to stand for a third mandate as president, he's engaged in another battle, an age probably unknown, but we know close to 90 years. And as if things were not clear to everyone, he is ready to violate the principle of separation of powers by giving the National Assembly the right to make laws, interpret and execute .

Anyone who does not agree with his interpretations are excluded from Parliament, controlled from an iron hand by his own nephew. The whole economy is passed into the hands of his family. His son controls all major projects, all investments, not that we find objectionable. All that the country has to conscientious objectors, it was domesticated and privatized, without limitation by distributing the ministerial posts and positions of annuity.

Whatever the role, function, the key is to be located on the right side of the fault that separates rich and poor, the forgotten and the privileged. The voices that dare to speak out to denounce drowned in a sea of insults and slander. All books that do not praise the regime are routinely banned or seized.

This is unheard of, but this situation can not last. Poverty has grown ever known in households, surpassing the levels reached in the early '90s, when we were under structural adjustment. Our consumption of cereals is still dependent on imports. The Department of Finance said. In 2009, imports of cereal products reached 233 billion francs.

We imported 715 000 tons in 2009, while local production was 335 thousand tons. On 18 August 2010, the Director of Foreign Trade, El Hadj Alioune Diouf, made an exit, to declare that Senegal imports on average 800,000 tonnes of rice. He warned that with forest fires in Russia and floods in Pakistan, major grain producers, "we are obliged to Mali's corn and millet occasionally.

Even if we consider production 2009-2010, which would be 502 000 tonnes, to be taken with caution, we are far from meeting our needs in rice, which border a million tons. All these failures, Wade hides them in a lie and sometimes derision. Declare that Senegal has exceeded "two and a half times the poverty line" is to show a great irresponsibility.

When he adds that we have become "exporters of rice", it casts doubt on his mental health. Despite assiduous court to which it was submitted, President Lula has refused to participate in Fesman (World Festival of Negro Arts), in response to the invitation of anti-globalization. Nothing, in all ways, not closer.

The steelworker from Caetés granted to Brazilian households a minimum income and redistributed farmland. In contrast to Abdoulaye Wade, who takes the poor to give to the rich, confiscating the lands of farmers to sell to Arabs. Lula was very popular, but decided to transmit the power through democratic means.

Wade is unpopular and will hang in establishing a monarchy. His lease ends in February 2012. We look forward to see him go.

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