Karim Wade, graft-accused son of Senegal ex-leader, `to run for president`

Karim Wade, the son of a former Senegalese president and currently on trial for corruption, was chosen Saturday to be the former ruling party`s candidate in the next presidential election.

Karim Wade, the son of a former Senegalese president and currently on trial for corruption, was chosen Saturday to be the former ruling party`s candidate in the next presidential election, a leading party member told AFP.

"Karim Wade was chosen by 257 of the 268 delegates" to be the Democratic Party of Senegal`s presidential candidate, said ex-lawmaker Tafsir Thioye. No date has been set yet for the upcoming vote.

Senegal`s anti-corruption court is expected to deliver its verdict in the case against Wade -- son of the country`s longtime leader Abdoulaye Wade -- on Monday. He is accused of corruption and illegally amassing a multi-million dollar fortune while a minister.

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