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UN chief repeats call for "peaceful" election in Senegal

(Xinhua)

08:36, February 24, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday called for a successful and transparent election process in Senegal, where protesters clashed with security forces ahead of a presidential election.

"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 long-standing democratic tradition and the aspirations of its people," said a statement released here by Ban's deputy spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey.

Deadly clashes broke out in Dakar recently between security forces and protesters who are opposed to a third term for incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade.

The statement said that Ban "deplores" this recent violence and that he stresses the need to respect rights to peaceful assembly.

"He calls on political actors to refrain from using or inciting violence during the electoral period and appeals once again for all electoral disputes to be resolved through legal and peaceful means," said that statement.

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