Senegal’s former president calls for election boycott
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade has called for a boycott of the West African nation's Feb. 24 elections, accusing the current president of locking down the vote.
Wade returned to Dakar Thursday as hundreds greeted him at the airport, cheering and wearing T-shirts bearing his son's image.
Karim Wade was eliminated as an opponent to incumbent Macky Sall. The younger Wade has been in Qatar since his release from prison in 2016 after serving three years for corruption.
Senegal court publishes list of presidential candidates
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's constitutional court has approved five of 27 candidates who filed to run in the Feb. 24 presidential elections, rejecting two major opponents to incumbent President Macky Sall.
The court published the candidates' names Monday, which include Sall, Idrissa Seck, Issa Sall, Madicke Niang and Ousmane Sonko.
The court rejected applications by Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade.
Bus crash in Senegal kills 25 people, some on pilgrimage
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal reports say two buses collided, killing at least 25 people and injuring at least a dozen, including many who were heading to an annual pilgrimage.
Senegal radio station Rfm reported Monday that one of the buses involved in the accident was heading toward Touba where up to 1 million people are heading for Wednesday's annual Muslim pilgrimage. The other bus was heading the opposite direction toward Kebemer when the two vehicles collided.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Voters in Senegal are casting ballots in a legislative election that has brought the country's former longtime leader back to the political scene.
Ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, now 91 years old, has been leading his loyalists' efforts to win seats in Sunday's election.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Hundreds of people filled the streets of Dakar outside the airport Monday to welcome former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, who returned to lead his party into legislative elections after spending years abroad following a failed bid for a third term in office.
The 91-year-old flew into Dakar Monday from Paris, accompanied by his wife, Viviane. He retains a strong support base in Senegal, which is holding parliamentary elections this month.