Senegal opposition figure faces murder charge

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Posted: Dec 29, 2011 8:57 AM
Senegal opposition figure faces murder charge

A Senegalese opposition activist is being charged with murder following a political clash earlier this month that left one person dead and three others wounded.

Barthelemy Dias, who is the youth leader of the West African country's Socialist party, maintains he acted in self-defense after political opponents attacked his office on Dec. 22.

The charges against Dias come just two months ahead of Senegal's national elections and sparked unrest late Wednesday in the nation's capital. Protesters in one area set a public bus on fire.

Senegal's 85-year-old president is planning to running for a third term on Feb. 26.

His plans to run, as well as frequent power cuts and the spiraling cost of living, have sparked violent protests this year.