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Troubled election threatens Senegal's democracy

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Troubled election threatens Senegal's democracy


Senegal is heading for its most contentious election in recent history.

The presidential poll will be held on Sunday against a backdrop of political violence and a constitutional row.

Incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, 85, is looking to secure a third term in the West African nation and is up against more than a dozen challengers.

His candidacy has sparked deadly protests, with opponents claiming it flouts a two-term limit.

Street clashes have threatened Senegal’s reputation as West Africa’s most stable democracy.

“Religious groups are very powerful in this country,” said euronews reporter Francois Chignac in Dakar.

“Are they going to try to influence voters before Sunday? A day when the publication of the results could lead to further outbreaks of violence,” he added.

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