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Fri Oct 31 14:25:39 SAST 2014

Senegal releases first round election results

Sapa-AP | 07 March, 2012 07:33
Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade shakes hands during an impromptu election campaign rally in the capital Dakar
File photo of Abdoulaye Wade in Dakar
Image by: Joe Penney / Reuters

Senegal's Constitutional Court has released the final results for the West African country's first round of presidential elections.

The results read to journalists reconfirmed provisional results from last week that dealt President Abdoulaye Wade a significant blow.

Senegal's aging leader, who had boasted he would win the race outright, will have to face his former protégé in a runoff election on March 25.

Senegal's electoral code calls for a runoff if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote.

The Constitutional Court says that Wade received 942 327 votes, or 34.81%. It says ex-Prime Minister Macky Sall finished second with 719 367 votes, or 26.58%.

The race has been marred by violence, and for weeks leading up to the first-round vote on February 26 police battled rock-throwing youth calling for Wade's departure.

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