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Calls for peace in Senegal presidential run-off vote


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Calls for peace in Senegal presidential run-off vote

There are appeals for calm as Senegal votes in the second round of presidential elections.

With the recent coup in fellow West African country Mali, many are hoping another of the regions most democratic countries can remain that way.

Deadly riots took place after the first round one month ago, with protests against President Abdoulaye Wade’s controversial bid for a third term. The 85-year-old is running again, despite the constitution banning another spell in power.

However, Wade’s support has dramatically fallen. After boasting he would win outright, he only managed to get just under 35 percent in February’s poll.

Anger is also growing due to suspicions that Wade is lining up his son Karim to take over power – an allegation the president has denied.

His opponent is Mackay Sall, who has previously been prime minister and president of the National Assembly. With backing from the opposition, Sall is the favourite to win.

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