Saturday, February 25, 2012

A president refusing to give up power despite advancing age and legal limits. Young men in the streets throwing rocks at the police while choking on tear gas. That situation was not supposed to happen in Senegal, a rare part of West Africa where free voting has occurred since the late 19th century.

An Atypical Unrest Troubles Senegal’s Election Season

Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press
President Abdoulaye Wade traveled between campaign stops in suburban Dakar on Wednesday. He seeks what his opponents consider an illegal term.

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