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Clashes days before elections in Senegal

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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.