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Protestors keep pressure on Senegal's president to hold elections as soon as possible

Feb. 17, 2024 11:34 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Protestors took the streets in Senegal's capital Saturday to keep the pressure on President Mack Sall to hold elections quickly. Hundreds of people walked and biked through downtown Dakar chanting “Macky dictator,” while others called for the release of...

Senegal's president says election will be as soon as possible, after court overturns delay

Feb. 16, 2024 14:11 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal will hold a presidential election as soon as possible given that the country's top election authority has overturned a decree by President Macky Sall to postpone the vote, the government said Friday. Sall in early February sought to postpone the Feb....

Migrant's 3 brutal years trying to reach Italy inspired the Oscar-nominated film 'Io Capitano'

Feb. 16, 2024 04:19 AM EST

CASTEL VOLTURNO, Italy (AP) — Mamadou Kouassi’s searing, epic journey over African deserts, through illegal prisons and across the Mediterranean Sea in a smugglers’ boat informed Italian director Matteo Garrone’s Oscar-nominated film “Io Capitano.” Some episodes that the Ivorian migrant...

Delay of Senegal's Feb. 25 presidential election is ruled illegal, leaving date uncertain

Feb. 15, 2024 22:21 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s top election authority on Thursday voided the government's postponement of a presidential election scheduled for Feb. 25 and its rescheduling for December, ruling that the moves were unconstitutional. Senegal's Constitutional Council cancelled the...

Senegal’s top election authority says president's postponement of Feb. 25 presidential election was unconstitutional

Feb. 15, 2024 15:58 PM EST
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s top election authority says president's postponement of Feb. 25 presidential election was unconstitutional.

A rights group says Senegal's security forces have killed at least 3 people during protests

Feb. 13, 2024 09:13 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Security forces in Senegal have killed at least three people, including a 16-year-old boy, during protests in recent days denouncing the president's decision to delay elections, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The rights group in a statement said...

Senegal's president defends delaying elections in exclusive interview as protests erupt nationwide

Feb. 09, 2024 23:20 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall defended his decision to postpone elections as violent protests erupted across the country on Friday. In his first interview since announcing the delay, Sall brushed off allegations that the decision was unconstitutional and...

Olympic women's basketball qualifiers set to begin around the world

Feb. 07, 2024 14:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. and France have already qualified for the Paris Olympics this summer in women's basketball. The 10 other spots are up for grabs this week in four qualifying tournaments that are spread throughout the world. Belgium, China, Hungary and Brazil will each host...

West African bloc asks Senegal to reverse the presidential election delay that's caused an uproar

Feb. 06, 2024 14:39 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Senegal should hold the presidential election this month as scheduled instead of delaying it by 10 months, West Africa’s regional bloc said Tuesday, as the United Nations human rights office expressed concern about the unprecedented decision in one of...

Senegal parliament delays election until December after opposition lawmakers are blocked from voting

Feb. 05, 2024 18:59 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s parliament voted Monday to delay the West African nation’s presidential election until Dec. 15 in a chaotic voting process that took place after opposition lawmakers were forcefully removed from the chambers as they debated President Macky Sall's earlier...