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Senegal’s President Applies to Run for Third Term

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade has formally applied to run in the country’s February 26 elections, officially beginning his controversial bid for a third term. The 85-year-old incumbent was first elected in 2000, before passage of a constitutional amendment that limits presidents to two terms. Mr. Wade argues that since he took office before the law […]

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Senegal Music Star Youssou Ndour Running for President

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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World-famous Senegalese music star Youssou Ndour has officially entered the presidential race in his country. Ndour said Monday on the television station he owns that he will challenge President Abdoulaye Wade in the February election. The 52-year-old singer had announced in November he was taking time off from music in order to focus on politics, […]

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U.S. Congress Members Ask Senegal’s President Not to Run

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Four members of the U.S. Congress have asked Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade not to seek another term in elections next year. In a letter obtained by VOA , the two senators and two representatives take note of street clashes in Senegal’s capital earlier this year and tell Mr. Wade that the country could experience more […]

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US Senators Ask Senegal’s President to Not Run

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of United States senators has asked Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade not to seek another term in elections next year. In a letter obtained by VOA , the four senators take note of street clashes in Senegal’s capital earlier this year and tell Mr. Wade that the country could experience more unrest if he […]

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Senegal Closes Airspace to Guinea Flights

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A diplomatic spat between Guinea and Senegal has escalated with Senegal now banning all airplanes traveling to and from Guinea from flying in its airspace. Senegal’s ministry of transportation announced the ban Tuesday. The statement said the decision came after Guinea grounded a Senegal Airlines flight in Conakry, reportedly over unpaid fees owed by the […]

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Former Top Aide to Challenge President in Senegal Election

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:37 pm (UTC-5)
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Aminata Tall, once a top aide to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, has announced her bid to challenge him in next year’s election. Tall said Sunday men seek power to “become someone” but women seek it to “do something.” Tall said her candidacy would be the payoff from long-standing efforts toward gender equality in Senegalese politics. […]

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Senegal Holds Rival Rallies For and Against President

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Senegalese demonstrators gathered in the capital, Dakar, Saturday to hold rival rallies over President Abdoulaye Wade’s right to run for a third term. Anti-government protesters, including former Prime Minister Macky Sall, marched through a public square outside the city center, denouncing Mr. Wade’s re-election campaign. They say constitutional limits prevent him from running […]

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Senegal: Dueling Rallies For and Against President

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Senegalese demonstrators gathered in the capital, Dakar, to protest against President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term. Top opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Macky Sall, were also on hand Saturday at the demonstration in a public square outside the city center. The protest had been originally scheduled downtown, but organizers changed […]

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Thousands Protest Against Senegal President

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Senegalese demonstrators have gathered to protest against President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term. Top opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Macky Sall, were also on hand Saturday at the demonstration in a public square outside the Dakar city center. The protest had been originally scheduled downtown, but organizers changed the venue […]

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Thousands Protest Against Senegal President

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Senegalese demonstrators have gathered to protest against President Abdoulaye Wade’s bid for a third term. Top opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Macky Sall, were also on hand Saturday at the demonstration in a public square outside the Dakar city center. The protest had been originally scheduled downtown, but organizers changed the venue […]

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