Wade loses Senegal runoff

March 25, 2012, midnight

Incumbent Senegalese President Abdoulaye WADE conceded defeat on Sunday after losing the country’s presidential runoff election. Challenger Macky SALL captured 65.80 percent of the vote while WADE, who has been in power for 12 years, won 34.20 percent.WADE, who was running for a third term, faced SALL and 12 other candidates in the first round of presidential elections. Opposition figures have criticized WADE, saying a third term is unconstitutional following a 2001 reform that limits presidents to two terms. A court ruled, however, that WADE was not bound to this because his first term began before the rule was introduced. WADE was, however, forced to abandon a controversial provision after opposition figures called for demonstrations to protest the changes, introduced just eight months ahead of the election. The proposed law would have reduced the percentage a candidate needed to win on the first round from 50 to around 25 percent.

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