Last minute push to avert Senegal election crisis

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Last minute push to avert Senegal election crisis

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An African mediator is making a last ditch attempt to ward off a presidential election crisis in Senegal.

Opponents claim that incumbent Abdoulaye Wade is flouting constitutional rules by seeking a third term.

African Union and ECOWAS envoy Olusegun Obasanjo is proposing Wade is given two years in power should he win, instead of three.

The last minute talks highlight growing fears that Senegal, long one of West Africa’s most stable democracies, is heading for trouble.

Clashes ahead of the vote have already left six people dead, with protesters calling for Wade’s candidacy to be blocked.

But the 85-year-old still intends to stand and the vote looks set to go ahead.

The US has described his decision to run again as “regrettable.”

Wade’s government has furiously rejected that comment and others as “interference.”