Parti Démocratique Sénégalais - Senegal
The Parti Démocratique Sénégalais (PDS) is currently in power in Senegal. It was formed by Abdoulaye Wade at the time of electoral reform in 1974 as a distinctly liberal party. Wade ran for the presidency for the first time in 1978 and participated in every subsequent election until he was elected in 2000 with 58.5% of the popular vote. His election marked the end of 40 years of Socialist rule in Senegal.
President Wade is one of the founding members of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). In 2003 he was awared Liberal International's Prize for Freedom, which is given annually to defenders of Human Rights.
During the National Assembly elections in April 2001 the PDS was joined by the Movement for the Labour Party to form SOPI (Coalition for Change). Together they won 49.6% of the vote and 89 of 120 seats. Follwing the presidential elections of 25 February 2007, Abdoulaye Wade was re-elected President of Senegal with 55.90% of the votes.
Parti Démocratique Sénégalais
Boulevard Dial Diop
BP No. 15488
Tel: +221 889 17 04
Fax: +221 842 84 25