Senegal: Senegal's new Senate doubles number of women in chamber
But in a surprise move, he re-introduced it this year with changes, notably one giving him the right to nominate two-thirds of the 100-member house.
The majority of his nominees are ruling party stalwarts including several former cabinet ministers. Already his Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) swept 34 of the 35 elected seats in last month's vote. A few opposition politicians, civil society activists, and religious leaders, feature on the appointed list.
The new senate has led to controversy over its composition and cost to the impoverished former French colony. The main opposition parties slammed and boycotted those elections as undemocratic.
Wade, an opposition figure for two decades who swept to power in elections in 2000, ending the Socialist Party's 40-year rule, was reelected in February this year.
The 11-million strong nation has been widely considered one of Africa's most stable democracies.
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