Presidential elections in Senegal : the government promises security to candidates

Senegal's President Macky Sall delivers a speech during the Franco-African Forum at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, February 6, 2015. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – More than 20 people were arrested in Senegal following the death of supporters of the ruling party in clashes with the opposition during the presidential campaign, during which the government pledged Tuesday to ensure the safety of all candidates.

The clashes in Tambacounda, 420 km east of Dakar, between supporters of outgoing President Macky Sall and Issa Sall, candidate of the Party of Unity and Rally (PUR), made at least two dead, the first reported in electoral violence since the beginning of the campaign on 3 February.

The Minister of the Interior, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye, announced that from now on “elements of the national police and the national gendarmerie would be be at the service of presidential candidates until the end of the elections.”

Issa Sall’s executive board denounced “sabotage” of its activities in the days before the violence, including the fact that his convoy was blocked by police Saturday in Kolda (south) to let pass the from Macky Sall.

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