Senegal’s former President Abdoulaye Wade, who, at 91, successfully ran as an MP for an opposition collation in July’s parliamentary elections, will not be taking up his seat when parliament meets for the first time this week.
When he won the seat he was described by some as the oldest parliamentarian in the world.
One local news organisation has published the text of Mr Wade’s resignation letter:
— telesenegal (@telesenegal1) September 11, 2017
In the letter he said he only ran to support his party, the Senegalese Democratic Party, and the coalition.
The governing coalition won nearly half of the votes and 125 of the 165 seats available.
Mr Wade’s coalition won just 19 seats.