Clashes in Senegal Over Elections

Adanna Uwazurike February 24, 2012

Clashes in Senegal Over ElectionsClashes continues in the West African nation of Senegal between police and anti-government protesters. Dozens of people were injured when police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds. One of those injured was Cheikh Bamba Dieye, a presidential candidate for the Socialism and Democracy Front. Party officials told APS that Dieye was "assaulted by police … and was left with a head injury."

At least four people have died in protests in Senegal since January 27, when the country's highest court, the Constitutional Council, cleared President Abdoulaye Wade, 85, to run for a third term, government officials have said. The opposition says that the court was compromised and the constitution limits presidents to two terms. Wade has been in office since 2000. A court ruled in his favor last month after the incumbent argued that he is exempt because he took office before the term limit was put in place.

Elections are scheduled to take place Sunday, February 26.

Last Edited by: Updated: June 19, 2018


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