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Tear gas was used to disperse protesters in Senegal.

Tear gas was used to disperse protesters in Senegal.

In Senegal, tear gas was used to disperse people who had gathered near the National Assembly building amid the postponement of presidential elections.

Earlier, Senegalese leader Macky Sall announced an indefinite postponement of the presidential elections, originally scheduled for February 25. Senegal’s president said he would launch a national dialogue to create conditions for “free, transparent and inclusive elections,” but did not set a new date.

Security forces threw two tear gas grenades to disperse a group of several dozen people who refused to obey orders.

It is noted that the Senegalese opposition called on citizens to hold demonstrations near the parliament building before discussing the postponement of the presidential elections.

Earlier, the Constitutional Council of Senegal rejected the candidacy of arrested opposition leader Ousmane Sonko in the upcoming presidential elections. It was also reported that 29 parties in Senegal have officially announced Sonko as a candidate for the post of president of the country as part of the elections scheduled for February.

Senegalese authorities are reportedly considering postponing presidential elections scheduled for February until an investigation into the judges who decided on the list of candidates is completed.

Earlier a check was launched against the judges of the Constitutional Council, who made decisions on the final list of 20 candidates for the post of president, and their independence was called into question.