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Crowd Boos Incumbent as Senegal Holds Presidential Election

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s presidential election is underway after weeks of violent demonstrations triggered by the incumbent’s decision to seek a third term. Hundreds of people booed President Abdoulaye Wade as he voted at his home precinct on Sunday. Mr. Wade has angered many Senegalese by trying to extend his 12-year rule of the west African nation. Opponents […]

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Voters Cast Ballots Sunday in Senegal Presidential Election

Posted February 26th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Voters are casting ballots Sunday in Senegal, where President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to seek a controversial third term has triggered several violent demonstrations. Opponents say the 85-year-old leader’s bid for a third term is unconstitutional following a reform he signed into law in 2001 that limits presidents to two terms. But the presidentially appointed Constitutional […]

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AU/ECOWAS Call for Compromise in Senegal Presidential Vote

Posted February 25th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in Senegal go to the polls Sunday in controversial presidential elections amid continuing calls by the country’s opposition to postpone the vote and for incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade to drop his re-election bid. The African Union-ECOWAS election observation mission suggested Saturday that Mr. Wade serve an abbreviated two-year-term if re-elected, with fresh elections to […]

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Senegal Facing Fears of Post-Election Unrest

Posted February 25th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Senegal is holding a controversial presidential election on Sunday amid fears the previously stable west African nation is facing further deadly unrest and a potential governmental crisis. Incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade is expected to win a third term despite a change in Senegal’s constitution that limits its leaders to two terms in office. It is […]

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Senegal Facing Fears of Post-Election Unrest

Posted February 25th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal is holding a controversial presidential election on Sunday amid fears the previously stable west African nation is facing further deadly unrest and a potential governmental crisis. Incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade is expected to win a third term despite a change in Senegal’s constitution that limits its leaders to two terms in office. It is […]

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Senegal Presidential Campaign Ends With Demonstrations

Posted February 25th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade is ignoring demonstrations for him to withdraw his controversial bid for a third term in Sunday’s election. On Friday, a few hundred women marched in protest past a billboard of the 85-year-old leader in Dakar, the capital. They say Mr. Wade has breached the constitution by seeking a third term. President […]

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Senegal Presidential Campaign Ends, as Opposition Protests Continue

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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The final day of campaigning gets underway Friday in Senegal amid continued protests and calls from the opposition for incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade to withdraw his controversial bid for a third term. Opposition groups have held near-daily protests for much of the past week in an effort to force Mr. Wade to step down ahead […]

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Nigerian Ex-President in Senegal to Defuse Tension

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Senegal late Tuesday to head a joint election observation mission between the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States . When asked what message he brought to Senegal from the AU, President Obasanjo said his first job is to observe Sunday’s vote and his second […]

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AU, ECOWAS Join to Address Pre-Election Violence in Senegal

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union and the Economic Community of West African States are sending a joint team to try to stop the violence in Senegal ahead of next Sunday’s presidential election. Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is leading the mission. ECOWAS communications director Sonny Ugoh told VOA that despite deadly clashes between protesters and security forces, […]

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At Least 1 Dead in Senegal Protest Violence

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least one person has been killed in Senegal as protesters clash with police over President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term, with one week to go before the vote. Officials said a young man was killed Sunday in the city of Kaolack, about 180 kilometers southeast of the capital, Dakar. In the capital, […]

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