Senegal: President gets election win, rivals won’t challenge
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall easily won re-election to a second term during a first round of voting, election officials announced Thursday. His opponents issued a joint...
Senegal election commission warns against early calls
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's electoral commission on Monday urged presidential candidates and their supporters to avoid making premature declarations about the outcome of Sunday's...
Senegal voters choose whether to give president another term
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's President Macky Sall sought re-election Sunday on his record of building roads and creating jobs, while opposition supporters maintained those efforts had not...
Senegal’s president Macky Sall seeks 2nd term
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's President Macky Sall is counting on the success of his economic record to propel him to win a second term in Sunday's elections.
Senegal’s former president calls for election boycott
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade has called for a boycott of the West African nation's Feb. 24 elections, accusing the current president of locking down the vote.
Wade returned to Dakar Thursday as hundreds greeted him at the airport, cheering and wearing T-shirts bearing his son's image.
Karim Wade was eliminated as an opponent to incumbent Macky Sall. The younger Wade has been in Qatar since his release from prison in 2016 after serving three years for corruption.
Gambia and Senegal finally inaugurate connecting bridge
FARAFENNI, Gambia (AP) — Gambian President Adama Barrow and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, cut the ribbon this week on a project that was decades in the making, a bridge that links the north and south banks of the Gambia River and ties the neighbors closer together.
"Our wish is that the bridge stands from now on as a symbol of Senegambian unity, friendship and love," the Gambian leader told thousands of people who gathered to witness the inauguration and walked across in celebration.
Senegal court publishes list of presidential candidates
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's constitutional court has approved five of 27 candidates who filed to run in the Feb. 24 presidential elections, rejecting two major opponents to incumbent President Macky Sall.
The court published the candidates' names Monday, which include Sall, Idrissa Seck, Issa Sall, Madicke Niang and Ousmane Sonko.
The court rejected applications by Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade.
IOC picks Senegal as first African host for Youth Olympics
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.
Senegal President Macky Sall was present on Monday to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board's preference from four candidates.
Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.
Senegal’s president fires Dakar’s mayor over prison sentence
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's president has effectively fired the mayor of the capital, Dakar, after an appeals court upheld his five-year prison sentence for forgery, criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
President Macky Sall on Friday revoked the mandate of Khalifa Sall, a popular opposition figure who had announced he would run for president in next year's elections. The two are not related.
Court upholds 5-year prison sentence for Dakar’s mayor
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the five-year prison sentence for the mayor of the capital for forgery, criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall, a popular opposition figure, was arrested in March 2017 on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs ($3.4 million). His lawyers have said the missing public funds went to people in need.
MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal President Macky Sall is in Russia and will attend his country's World Cup game against Poland in Moscow.
Senegal is returning to the World Cup for the first time since a thrilling run to the quarterfinals on its tournament debut in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion. It's an experience he hopes is real in Senegal one day.
Sall optimistically turned to Senegal coach Aliou Cisse that day and said: "It won't be long."
That's some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion.
It's an experience he hopes to feel for real one day. Turning to coach Aliou Cisse, Sall said optimistically, "It won't be long."
That's some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance.
Back in 2002, a team of relative unknowns led Senegal to the quarterfinals in a run that began with a 1-0 victory over defending champion France.
Senegal court sentences Dakar mayor to 5 years in prison
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A court in Senegal on Friday sentenced the capital's mayor, a popular opposition figure, to five years in prison for forgery, criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
More than 100 activists who had gathered to support Khalifa Sall shouted with indignation after the court read out his sentence.
Bus crash in Senegal kills 25 people, some on pilgrimage
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal reports say two buses collided, killing at least 25 people and injuring at least a dozen, including many who were heading to an annual pilgrimage.
Senegal radio station Rfm reported Monday that one of the buses involved in the accident was heading toward Touba where up to 1 million people are heading for Wednesday's annual Muslim pilgrimage. The other bus was heading the opposite direction toward Kebemer when the two vehicles collided.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Voters in Senegal are casting ballots in a legislative election that has brought the country's former longtime leader back to the political scene.
Ex-President Abdoulaye Wade, now 91 years old, has been leading his loyalists' efforts to win seats in Sunday's election.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will return its ambassador to Senegal following a diplomatic spat with the West African nation over a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ties were restored after he met with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Liberia on the sidelines of the Economic Community of West African States summit.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese radio station says 17 women have drowned and at least 40 others are injured after their boat capsized near a village in central Senegal.
Private station RFM says the boat was carrying at least 60 people who had gone to gather oysters Monday in the waters off Bettenty village.
RFM says the injured were treated at a health outpost that had only a nurse and midwife.
20 killed in fire at Muslim spiritual retreat in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's government says at least 20 people have been killed in a fire while attending a Muslim spiritual retreat in the eastern part of the country.
Government spokesman Seydou Gueye said Thursday that several others were wounded in the fire Wednesday in Medina Gounass village.
President Macky Sall offered condolences to victims' families. He said the interior ministry would visit the site Thursday.
DAKAR, Senegal — Ousmane Sow, a Senegalese sculptor whose work celebrated African tribes along with historical icons such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., has died at 81, the culture minister said on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
Senegal mourns world-renowned sculptor Ousmane Sow
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ousmane Sow, a Senegalese sculptor whose work celebrated African tribes along with historical icons such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr., has died at 81, the culture minister said Thursday.
Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging.