New president for inauguration on Saturday

President-elect Abdoulaye Wade will be sworn-in on Saturday in a ceremony to be attended by other West African leaders, according to media reports.

The leaders of Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania are expected to attend, the Dakar-based Panafrican News Agency,PANA, reported

The Missionary News Agency, (MISNA) added that Wade had invited the Casamance pro-independence leader, The Reverend Diamacoune Senghor, to the ceremony. Several news reports quote Wade as having said he would free the Roman Catholic cleric, who has been held under house arrest because of the war in southern Senegal.

Senegal's first two presidents, Leopold Sedar Senghor and Abdou Diouf, took their oaths of office in parliament, but Wade has chosen to be sworn-in at the 50,000-seat sports stadium, in a Dakar suburb, named after Senghor, PANA said.

In keeping with the secular character of Senegal, the Koran or the Bible will not be used in the swearing-in ceremony.

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