Senegal's Wade in tight race for new term

By REUTERS
February 27, 2012 03:39

DAKAR - Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade is in a tight race with chief rival Macky Sall, according to early unofficial tallies from the West African state's most contentious poll in recent history, signaling a possible run-off between the former allies.

The election follows weeks of violent street protests against the 85-year-old Wade's bid for a third term in office despite a two-term limit, and warnings that Senegal's reputation as an established democracy hangs in the balance.

"We think the second round could be between Macky Sall and President Wade," said Jean Paul Diaz, a political ally of Macky Sall, adding the campaign's internal count showed the race was within a few percentage points.


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