Youssou Ndour, Senegal Music Star, Announces Run For Presidency The election is less than two months away, and the incumbent president has been in power for more than a decade. "For a very long time, many Senegalese of different backgrounds have called for my candidacy for the presidency next February," Ndour said. "I've listened, I've heard and I am responding favorably to their request. I am a candidate. It's a supreme patriotic duty, the best I can give of myself. I am the alternative to the current leadership in place in the country." Ndour, 52, is well known in Senegal for his scathing critique of the country's ruling party. He already owns a hugely popular private radio station that holds regular debates featuring government critics. And he has a newspaper that routinely highlights corruption allegations involving the country's ruling elite, including the president's family. Residents of Senegal's capital expressed doubt that the musician would fare well at the polls or in office. "It's good enough that he makes good music," said Abdou Ngom, 26. "Politics is made of treason and low blows. I'm sure that real politicians will not help him." Wapi Ally Choki Mzee wa Farasi????