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Date:23 Jun 2011
Senegal to Change Election laws

Though the president has rescinded his decision and dropped the portion that would have halved the percentage of votes needed to win the presidency protests continued outside parliament today,

President Abdoulaye Wade, 85, has said he will stand for a third term in elections due in February and critics believe that, the run-off amendments were designed to ensure that Mr Wade was re-elected next year.

Whiles the US have expressed concerns that the sudden changes might weaken the democratic institutions,  the Senegalese government says the planned change is aimed at reinforcing democracy by sharing power between a president and vice president.

According to BBC, many people also fear that Mr Wade intends to give the role of vice-president to his son Karim, who is already a powerful minister in the current administration.

President Abdoulaye Wade, was elected into office through a democratic process and has been in power over a decade now.

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