Protests in Senegal against proposed electoral law changes

That government says the reforms are needed to simplify the election process and reduce state costs and subsidies allocated for campaigns.

by

    Protesters in Senegal are angry about potential changes to electoral rules, fearing it will block many candidates from running in next year's presidential election.

    The opposition says the proposals are a blow to democracy.

    But the government insists the reforms are needed to simplify the election process and reduce state costs and subsidies allocated for campaigns.

    Ahead of the vote, the government is banning protests in the city centre. Police are out in full force, firing tear gas.

    Several key figures from the opposition and civil society have been arrested.

     

    Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.