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Date:28 Jan 2012
Youssou N'Dour's Candidacy for Senegal's presidency Rejected


Senegal's Constitutional Council has rejected Youssou N'Dour's candidacy for president of Senegal. According to the court, the world music star did not collect the 10,000 signatures required to contest the presidency.

N'Dour's organization presented 12,936 signatures, however, the constitutional court ruled that Mr. N’Dour, a top-selling singer popular worldwide and one of Mr. Wade’s leading critics, had not gathered the 10,000 valid signatures needed for a spot on the ballot, Reuters reported. It said authorities had been unable to identify around 4,000 of signatures in support of his candidacy.

Mr. N’Dour has been outspoken for several years in denouncing what he and others say are the president’s authoritarian tendencies. He has written songs decrying the failings of Mr. Wade’s rule, including frequent power failures, and has built a small media empire in Senegal that serves as a voice for the opposition.

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