chapter  6
13 Pages

Toward the Year 2000: Whither Senegal?

WithSheldon Gellar

The grands projets of the 1970s and 1980s had not achieved their goals in leading Senegal to economic prosperity. Donor patience was wearing thin, and it was unlikely that Senegal would be able to obtain the same levels of economic aid that it had enjoyed during the 1980s and early 1990s. Senegalese democratic institutions and political stability were further threatened when the government reacted to the riots by banning political opposition demonstrations and arresting opposition leaders such as Abdoulaye Wade and Landing Savane. The image of a democratic, finandally sound, and prosperous Senegal by the year 2000 that Diouf has presented in his 1993 presidential campaign did not seem to be just around the corner. The contours and quality of Senegal as an African democracy in the year 2000 will be affected by the outcome of two apparently contradictory trends.