25 March 2012

Senegal elections: Wade concedes defeat

Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade, 85, has conceded election defeat as results gave an overwhelming lead to his rival Macky Sall. Even before Wade conceded, Sall's supporters began celebrating in the streets of the capital, singing and marching through downtown Dakar.

Wade, who first took office in 2000, has seen his popularity suffer amid soaring costs of living and unemployment in this country on Africa's western coast. His decision to seek re-election had infuriated many voters, and intense protests left at least six people dead.

Below, Abdoulaye Wade arriving to cast his vote at a polling station in Franco-Arab School in Point E area of Dakar, during the first round of the elections.


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