March 25th, 2012
06:03 AM ET

Senegal's president faces protege in runoff election

Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade faced off Sunday against his protégé in a runoff election after he failed to win a majority during last month's controversial election.

The 85-year-old Wade, who is seeking a third term, is running against his former prime minister Macky Sall.

The two survived a field of 14 candidates during the February 27 election, with Wade receiving 32% of the vote and Sall getting 25%. Sall garnered support of several of the failed candidates, who vowed solidarity against Wade.

With 5.3 million voters registered in the country, early turnout was heavy with large crowds waiting to vote in the capital city of Dakar.

The head of the European Union Observer team, Thijs Berman, said early voting was going well and there were no signs of fraud.

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  1. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    85 years old? omg.. that's old...
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    will the tax payers have to pay for diapers and walkers?
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