Senegal: Opposition wants to postpone the presidential election, without Wade
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Senegal: Opposition wants to postpone the presidential election, without Wade

Dakar : Senegal | Feb 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM PST
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Senegal's opposition party calls for more protests

The opposition moved Saturday, February 25, the eve of the presidential election in Senegal, the organization of new elections without the incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, whose nomination is contested, "within six to nine months ".

The proposal of the Movement June 23 (M23) - coalition of opposition parties and civil society organizations - is a response to the "road map" proposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief observation Mission of the African Union (AU). He reportedly suggested Abdoulaye Wade leaves office in two years if re-elected Sunday to end the violence in Senegal. Information not yet confirmed by the observation mission of the AU.

PROPOSALS OF M23

The Movement June 23 request the establishment, during this period of several months, a Constitutional Council and an Independent Electoral Commission, two institutions now very criticized by the opposition, and the appointment of an "interior Minister apolitical", and a revision of the electoral code.

The new candidate Abdoulaye Wade is deemed "illegal" by the opposition, for which he has exhausted his legal two terms after his election in 2000 and his reelection in 2007. His supporters point out that reforms of the Constitution in 2001 and 2008 entitle it to represent.

While the violence related to the candidacy of Mr. Wade made ​​since late January at least six dead and dozens injured since late January - "15 killed, 539 wounded," according to the M23 - the President of the African Union (AU) Thomas Boni Yayi, Benin head of State, appealed for calm "to the entire political class" Senegalese, Saturday, the eve of the election.

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Anti-government demonstrators take to the streets during a protest against Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade in the capital Dakar
Anti-government demonstrators take to the streets during a protest against Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade in the capital Dakar
Nazish Fatima is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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