Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Music Icon Youssou N'dour Disqualified From Senegalese's Presidential Election

Youssou N'Dour and his Lawyer discussing with the press after the court judgement

    Senegalese Music Icon Youssou N'Dour has been disqualified from running for upcoming presidential Election.
 A  top court in senegal cleared Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade to run for a third presidential term and disqualified several opposition candidates, including  the world-famous singer .
   Protests rocked the capital city of senegal on friday, after the court decision’s decisions were announced, and pro-opposition protests overturned cars and buses and stoned one policeman to death. Senegalese police have beefed up their security around the presidential palace, but one opposition leader said protesters would make the country “ungovernable.
     Critics of Wade say that the Senegalese Constitution does not allow presidents to serve more than two terms in office, but the 85-year-old Wade says he took office before the 2001 term-limit law had taken effect. The five members of the Constitutional Court, all chosen personally by Wade, agreed with the president. No legal channels are now left for opposition members to contest Wade’s right to run or the disqualification of his rivals.

    Youssou Ndour first declared his intention to run for the election last month and has vowed to challenge his disqualification and insists he will take part in presidential polls in February.

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