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US Congratulates Senegal President Wade on Reelection


The United States has congratulated Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade on his victory in last month's elections.

A White House statement released Friday commends the Senegalese people for the high voter turnout in the elections, saying it confirms their commitment to democracy. The statement also expressed U.S. support for Mr. Wade.

Earlier this week the Constitutional Court confirmed the president's re-election after dismissing an appeal by two opposition candidates who alleged irregularities in the poll.

The court said Mr. Wade won the election with nearly 60 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a run-off.

The appeal was filed by the third-place finisher, Socialist Party leader Ousmane Tanor Dieng, and another, less-popular candidate.

The victory gives Mr. Wade a second seven-year-term as Senegal's president.

Under President Wade's rule, the West African country has been largely peaceful, but continued poverty has prompted many people to set sail for Europe, trying to find work and a better life.