Op­po­si­tion joins forces to back Wade chal­lenger

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DAKAR | Sene­gal’s op­po­si­tion joined forces Sun­day in a mas­sive rally to block 85-year-old Pres­i­dent Ab­doulaye Wade from land­ing a third term in of­fice and back chal­lenger Macky Sall.

The 12 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates who fell out of the run­ning in a first round of vot­ing on Feb. 26 have formed a coali­tion they hope will usher Mr. Sall, a for­mer prime min­is­ter, into power.

Mr. Wade is fac­ing a stiff bat­tle to re­tain power at the March 25 poll af­ter a strong op­po­si­tion show­ing crushed his hopes of over­all vic­tory in the first round and forced him into a runoff.

Sun­day’s rally took place at Obelisk Square, where a month of vi­o­lent anti-wade protests be­gan in the run-up to the elec­tion, leav­ing six dead and more than 150 in­jured.

The elec­tion in a coun­try known as a haven of sta­bil­ity in trou­bled West Africa is be­ing closely watched by for­eign al­lies con­cerned about one of their re­li­able African part­ners.

Mr. Sall, 50, on Satur­day an­nounced the launch of the Al­liance of Forces for Change coali­tion that will back him in the runoff elec­tion.

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