Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Article Index

II. West Africa

A. Senegal

Senegal agreed in April to comply with the November 2010 decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court that Hissène Habré could only receive a fair trial in Senegal before a special ad hoc tribunal specializing in international criminal law.

In anticipation of the February 2012 presidential elections, President Abdoulaye Wade proposed constitutional reforms that would have reduced by half the required threshold to win a first round presidential election and would have created a vice presidential post. These reforms were dropped in June following widespread protests. In July, President Wade announced his plans to run for a third term, the legality of which would be determined by the Constitutional Council.

In October 2011, Senegal and Belgium signed an air traffic agreement to end a bilateral dispute over access to commercial airline routes.

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