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Clashes days before elections in Senegal

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Clashes days before elections in Senegal


At least 10 people have been injured during clashes between police and protesters in Senegal’s capital Dakar. Officers used tear gas to disperse demonstrators and sealed off a main square in the city.

The protests come ahead of elections at the end of the month. Incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade is seeking a third term.

Opposition leaders say his plan breaches rules that limit the office of president to two terms.
Friday’s flare-up saw police set up barricades along avenues in the city centre as protesters hurled stones and burned rubbish.

The elections on February 26th, possibly followed by a run-off vote, are seen as a test of social cohesion in the predominantly Muslim country.

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