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Dakar quiet after stormy night in Senegal presidency row

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Dakar quiet after stormy night in Senegal presidency row


Calm has returned to streets of Senegal’s capital city, even though the opposition has vowed to continue its fight against President Abdoulaye Wade’s plan to run for a third term.

Security has been stepped up after a night of rioting in Dakar left one policeman dead.

The unrest was the result of the decision by the country’s highest court allowing Wade to run for president a third time, despite the constitution only allowing two terms. Wade argues his first term began a year before the constitutional amendment limiting the number of times in office.

Friday started peacefully enough with the president’s opponents, including famous singer Youssou N’Dour, holding a rally as they waited for the court’s decision.

N’Dour’s candidacy has been rejected because the judges ruled he did not get the necessary 10,000 signatures, but the singer said he would appeal the decision.

Wade has made a number of changes to the constitution since he came to power in 2000, including shortening presidential terms from seven years to five, then changing them back to seven.

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