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Senegal’s ruling coalition loses absolute majority

Aug. 04, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s ruling coalition party has lost an absolute majority in the national assembly, according to official provisional results released Thursday by the electoral commission. President Macky Sall’s Benno Bokk Yaakar party, won 82 of the 165 deputy...

Senegal's ruling coalition claims win but opposition rejects

Aug. 01, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s ruling coalition says it has won 30 of 46 departments in Sunday’s legislative election, giving it a majority over the opposition. The head of the ruling coalition and former Prime Minister Aminata Toure claimed the victory late Sunday. ...

Senegal's legislative election tests ruling party influence

Jul. 31, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Voters in Senegal turned out Sunday for a legislative election, a vital test for opposition parties who are trying to minimize the ruling party’s influence before the 2024 presidential election amid worries that President Macky Sall may seek a third term. ...

Senegal police arrest 2 health workers after neonatal fire

May. 30, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese officials have arrested two health workers from a neonatal unit where a fire killed 11 newborns last week. The nurse and a nurse’s aide who were on duty Wednesday night when the fire took place at the Abdoul Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital were arrested...

President: 11 babies killed in fire at Senegalese hospital

May. 26, 2022 22:55 PM EDT

TIVAOUANE, Senegal (AP) — Police were on guard and nearby residents and parents stood mourning outside a hospital in Senegal where a fire in the neonatal unit killed 11 newborns. Only three infants could be saved, President Macky Sall said before calling on Thursday for three days of mourning for...