Senegal Faces Run-Off Election After First Presidential Ballot
February 28, 2012
Senegal appears headed to a run-off election after a heated first round of voting and a year of protests against President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to seek third term, despite a constitutional two-term limit. The protests are "the most bloody and blood-filled campaign that the country has ever known," says Arame Tall, a Senegalese analyst. Over the past year, a movement led by a number of Senegalese rappers has helped mobilize the country's youth against Wade, joining the main opposition and civil society group, the June 23 Movement, or M23. "The reference is not really the Arab Spring here, but rather, the history of renaissance in Africa and the history of political change, which we've started, but now we really need to substantiate," Tall says. We also speak with Ken Silverstein, a contributing editor at Harper's magazine, a fellow at the Open Society Institute and investigative journalist with the group Global Witness.
From Democracy Now! | May 23
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