Senegal: Internal Conflict Threatens Once Tranquil State
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, facing a storm of criticism and riots over his third term presidential bid, speaks to a rally of 5,000 on February 8, 2012. (SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)
February 10, 2012
| Security, Energy
| Africa
Senegal, long a rare example of peace and stability in Africa with potential large off-shore oil reserves, is poised to descend into internal conflict as President Abdoulaye Wade pushes ahead with a contentious bid for a third term in this month’s presidential election.

Senegalese opposition candidates have vowed to join forces to oppose Wade, whom they argue is constitutionally barred from running again. The opposition, however, lacks both a coherent strategy and a strong alternative front-runner amid a wide field of candidates, setting the stage for Wade to win re-election on February 26 with dangerous consequences for the nation.

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