Senegal releases 1st round presidential results

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Posted: Mar 06, 2012 12:53 PM
Senegal releases 1st round presidential results

Senegal's Constitutional Court has released the final results for the West African country's first round of presidential elections.

The results read to journalists on Tuesday reconfirmed provisional results from last week that dealt President Abdoulaye Wade a significant blow. Senegal's aging leader, who had boasted he would win the race outright, will have to face his former protege in a runoff election on March 25.

Senegal's electoral code calls for a runoff if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote.

The Constitutional Court says that Wade received 942,327 votes, or 34.81 percent. It says ex-Prime Minister Macky Sall finished second with 719,367 votes, or 26.58 percent.

The race has been marred by violence, and for weeks leading up to the first-round vote on Feb. 26 police battled rock-throwing youth calling for Wade's departure.