Monday, February 20, 2012

Deaths As Senegal Protests Demand New Ruler

At least two protesters have been killed during demonstrations in Senegal demanding the departure of the country's 85-year-old president.

Tension is running high in the usually peaceful country, six days ahead of presidential polls in which President Abdoulaye Wade is seeking a controversial third term in office which the opposition says is unconstitutional.

Protesters have erected barricades and clashed with police in the capital in Dakar in six days of violence.

Mr Wade has insisted on running again, despite the deepening unrest and calls from both France and the United States to hand power to the next generation.

Voters are due to go to the polls on February 26.

Six people are thought to have died since the protests began in January.

On Sunday, the state-owned news service confirmed the death of a young man in a suburb of the capital where the demonstrations later spread. Read More