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Senegal faces stability test over presidential poll

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Senegal faces stability test over presidential poll


The people of Senegal are going to the polls in an election that pits the President against a string of rivals who say his bid for a third term is illegal.

The voting comes after weeks of violent domestic and international protests against Abdoulaye Wade’s attempt to extend his 12-years in office.

Foreign powers have issued last minute appeals for calm and a transparent vote. Even African Union envoy, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has failed to persuade Wade or the opposition to agree on a shortened
term if he wins.

Wade has campaigned on his self-proclaimed status as “father of the nation” and mocked rivals for failing to mobilise a significant challenge. His critics however have vowed to continue campaigning against him if he wins.

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