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Senegal to Vote on Term Limits as President to Continue Rule

  • West African nation may reinstate 5-year term after 2019
  • Civil-society groups say Sall backtracked on campaign pledge
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Senegalese President Macky Sall called a referendum next month on reducing presidential term limits and said he will abide by a recommendation that he complete his seven-year mandate.

Voters will decide March 20 whether to reduce the number of years a president can remain in office to five, Sall said in a speech broadcast on state television Tuesday in the capital, Dakar. The country’s Constitutional Council has recommended that his current mandate remain unchanged, he said.