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UN chief 'concerned' over Senegal vote

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Latest update : 2012-02-25

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed worry over the presidential election in Senegal this weekend, calling for a peaceful vote after a pre-election period marred by violence.

AFP - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that he was concerned about Senegal's weekend elections and urged the west African nation to hold a peaceful vote, after a series of deadly riots.
              
"I sincerely hope that these elections will be held in a peaceful and transparent manner so that the will of the people is respected," Ban said during a visit to Zambia.
              
"We are closely watching the development in Senegal and we are concerned with what is happening there."
              
He spoke shortly after meeting President Michael Sata, who took power after winning an election in September that saw Zambia make its second peaceful handover of power from a ruling party to a victorious opposition.
              
In Senegal, the opposition accuse 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade of tricking his way onto the ballot.
              
No clear frontrunners have emerged out of 14 candidates after an election campaign marred by violent protests which left six dead and shook the west African nation long seen as a beacon of stability and democracy.

Wade's militants
Young militants from the suburbs who came out to support their candidate, Abdoulaye Wade. Some of them admitted they were paid to go. (Fatimata Wane)

Date created : 2012-02-25

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