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Senegal Headed for Runoff Election

Posted March 1st, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal is headed for a runoff presidential election between incumbent Abdoulaye Wade and former ally Macky Sall, after initial results of Sunday’s first-round poll showed neither candidate won a majority of the votes. Provisional results released late Wednesday showed President Wade with about 35 percent of the vote and Sall with about 26 percent. Following […]

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Senegal’s Opposition Attempts to Unite Ahead of Presidential Run-Off

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s former Prime Minister Macky Sall on Wednesday rallied the opposition to back him in a presidential run-off scheduled for March 18. The former ally of President Abdoulaye Wade, Sall will take on the 85-year-old leader in a second round of voting after emerging as the runner-up in the first round last Sunday. Sall vowed […]

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Senegal’s Wade Expected to Face Tough Run-off Vote

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade is expected to face a tough run-off vote against former prime minister Macky Sall, who is working to round up opposition support. A group of Senegalese opposition leaders began talks Wednesday in the capital, Dakar, to discuss forming an alliance aimed at defeating the 85-year-old incumbent. Mr. Wade has admitted he […]

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Senegalese Opposition Attempt Alliance Ahead of Likely Presidential Run-Off Vote

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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A group of Senegalese opposition leaders are meeting Wednesday to form an alliance aimed at defeating incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade in the country’s likely upcoming run-off election. Presidential candidate Cheikh Tidiane Gadio told VOA the meeting aims to unite various opposition and civil society groups around Mr. Wade’s challenger, who at this point appears to […]

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Senegal Observers See Presidential Run-Off

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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European Union observers say Senegal is heading toward a presidential run-off, as unofficial results suggest no candidate won a first-round majority. Thijs Berman, chief of the EU election observer team in Senegal, said Tuesday that a second round is very likely, and that any other outcome seems statistically impossible. President Abdoulaye Wade said Monday that […]

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Senegal to Release Election Results; Wade Claiming Lead

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s electoral commission is due to release the first results from Sunday’s presidential election, with President Abdoulaye Wade saying he is leading in the vote count and the opposition calling a run-off vote “inevitable.” Tuesday’s official results come a day after Mr. Wade gave a news conference at the presidential palace in Dakar, where he […]

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Wade Claims Lead in Senegal Presidential Poll

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade says he is leading in the vote count from Sunday’s presidential election. In a news conference at the presidential palace in Dakar Monday, Mr. Wade said results are in from about half of Senegal’s 550 voting districts. He said the results show him winning about 32 percent of the vote. He […]

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Senegal Counts Votes in Controversial Presidential Election

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Election officials in Senegal are counting votes from Sunday’s presidential election. Opposition candidates are seeking to unseat President Abdoulaye Wade, who angered many Senegalese by trying to extend his 12-year rule of the West African nation. Early, unofficial returns indicate a close race, and one of Mr. Wade’s main rivals, Macky Sall, said Monday that […]

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Senegal Counts Votes in Controversial Presidential Election

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Election officials have begun counting votes in Senegal after Sunday’s presidential election. Opposition candidates are seeking to unseat President Abdoulaye Wade, who angered many Senegalese by trying to extend his 12-year rule of the West African nation. His decision to seek a third term triggered weeks of violent demonstrations leading up to the vote. At […]

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Senegal Votes in Controversial Presidential Election

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The polls have closed in Senegal’s presidential elections after weeks of violent demonstrations triggered by the incumbent’s decision to seek a third term. Earlier Sunday, hundreds of people booed President Abdoulaye Wade as he voted at his home precinct. Mr. Wade has angered many Senegalese by trying to extend his 12-year rule of the West […]

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