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Senegal: Candidate has recruited militia

2012-02-20 19:59

Dakar- The spokesperson for Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is accusing an opposition candidate of recruiting a militia.

Spokesman Serigne Mbacke Ndiaye told reporters on Monday that the militia was led by a retired army colonel who had recruited 200 ex-soldiers in order to "install chaos so that the country becomes ungovernable."

He refused to name the candidate, saying that in coming days, authorities will act swiftly to put an end to the alleged plot.

Thirteen opposition candidates are running to unseat President Wade in the Feb. 26 election.

Senegal is less than a week away from a crucial presidential race and unrest is growing, with daily street protests shutting down main avenues. The 85-year-old Wade is insisting on running for a third term.