Senegal police tear gas crowd protesting electoral reforms

Police in Senegal on Thursday fired tear gas into a group of demonstrators in the capital, Dakar during a protest over a controversial bill.

The new bill which is focused on reforming the electoral system of the country wants to increase the number of signatures individuals require before contesting in presidential elections.

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Police also arrested some MPs from the opposition as part of the fallout from the demonstration.

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There were attempts to prevent MPs from entering the national assembly where a voting session on the bill was to take place.

Critics of President Macky Sall have said the new political reforms are part of attempts to control competition for him ahead of next year’s presidential elections.

Senegal President, Macky Sall



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