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Protests in Senegal Ahead of Presidential Elections

In Senegal’s capital city of Dakar, protests have turned violent amid demands that current President Abdoulaye Wade abandon his run for a third bid in the February 26 election.

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Anti-government protesters at an opposition rally in Senegal's capital Dakar, February 23, 2012. Senegal's presidential elections are on Sunday, amid violence during protests against Wade's decision to run for a third term. (Reuters)
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Anti-government protesters at an opposition rally in Senegal's capital Dakar, February 23, 2012. Senegal's presidential elections are on Sunday, amid violence during protests against Wade's decision to run for a third term. (Reuters)

Protesters demonstrate against current President Abdoulaye Wade in Dakar, Senegal, February 23, 2012. (Ricci Shryock/Pulitzer Center, for VOA)
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Protesters demonstrate against current President Abdoulaye Wade in Dakar, Senegal, February 23, 2012. (Ricci Shryock/Pulitzer Center, for VOA)

A man passes by a street fire lit by anti-government protesters on a central boulevard in Dakar, Senegal, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP)
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A man passes by a street fire lit by anti-government protesters on a central boulevard in Dakar, Senegal, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP)

Women participate in a prayer by anti-government protesters on a street leading to Independence Square, where police have blocked the opposition from demonstrating, in Dakar, Senegal Feb. 23, 2012. (AP)
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Women participate in a prayer by anti-government protesters on a street leading to Independence Square, where police have blocked the opposition from demonstrating, in Dakar, Senegal Feb. 23, 2012. (AP)

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