Senegal civil groups: President's son must resign

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 5:36 AM
Senegal civil groups: President's son must resign

Activists in the West African nation of Senegal are vowing to keep up their protests unless the president's son resigns from his government position.

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has been in power for more than a decade, and critics fear he is trying to pave the way for his son Karim to succeed him.

After protests in the capital Thursday, the 85-year-old president agreed to cancel a proposed legislative change that would have made it easier for his son to take over.

Karim Wade currently serves as the minister of state, but a coalition of some 60 organizations says he must resign.

Senegal has been a bastion of stability in a region long mired in civil wars and dictatorships. However, there has been growing public anger about power cuts and rising prices.