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Two Killed as Protests Erupt over Senegal Government’s Arrest of Opposition Leader

HeadlineAug 01, 2023

In Senegal, at least two people were killed Monday as protests erupted following the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. The Senegalese government also dissolved Sonko’s Patriots of Senegal party after officials accused him of inciting violent protests last month in the capital Dakar. This is the first time a political party has been banned in the West African nation since its independence from France in 1960. Sonko is a likely candidate in the 2024 presidential election who’s popular among younger Senegalese voters. He’s been accused of plotting an insurrection and criminal association with a “terrorist” body — charges he and his supporters say are false.

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