Update: Youssou N'Dour Barred from Presidency
There were violent protests in Senegal after it was announced that singer Youssou N'Dour would be banned from standing for Senegalese presidency. The court had argued that it could not verify many of the signatures Youssou N'Dour had gathered to support his candidacy.
N'Dour states that, 'Senegal and its people are sick. We have been betrayed by this shameful decision. I say shameful because neither the will of the Senegalese people nor the opinions of experts in constitutional law have been heard. Mr Wade has imposed his will and won the day'. The singer stated that the ruling was a 'constitutional coup d'etat'.
Two other opposition candidates also lost appeals against Friday's court rulings blocking them from standing in the February 26 election. Yet, the Constitutional Council did state that the 85-year-old president Wade was to stand again - causing outrage and mass protests. As a result security has remained tight in Dakar following Friday's clashes between opposition supporters and government troops. Nevertheless, it is clear that opposition parties and activists would continue with "national resistance" against Wade's bid.
Below is Youssou N'Dour's bid for presidency and an example of his inspiring work.
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