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Date set for Senegal presidential runoff

2012-03-06 09:02

Dakar - Election officials have set March 25 as the date for Senegal's presidential runoff.

Issa Sall, a member of the National Autonomous Election Commission, confirmed the date and said on Monday that the electoral code calls for a runoff if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote.

President Abdoulaye Wade, whose decision to seek a third term at age 85 has infuriated many Senegalese, got 942 546 votes, or 34.82%, in the first round on February 26. He will face his former protégé, ex-prime minister Macky Sall, who finished second with 719 369 votes, or 26.57%.

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