Senegal urged to hold peaceful presidential elections

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President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade

Politicians in Senegal have been urged to refrain from inciting violence in order to ensure peaceful, transparent and credible elections.

The appeal came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as tensions rise in the West African country ahead of Sunday's polls.

At least four people are reported to have died in protests against President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to seek re-election for a third term.

Eduardo del Buey is the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General.

"As Senegal prepares to hold its presidential election scheduled for Sunday, 26 February 2012, the Secretary-General reiterates his calls for a peaceful, credible and transparent process in line with Senegal's longstanding democratic tradition and the aspirations of its people. He deplores recent violent incidents that have led to the loss of lives in the run-up to the elections and emphasizes the need to respect the right for peaceful and orderly assembly."Duration: 26"

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