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Vol 39 No 8

Published 17th April 1998


Senegal

Children of '68

Like many of their counterparts elsewhere, the rebels of '68 have joined the system

Senegal's energetic media have been painting the general elections of 24 May as a rendez-vous with history. It's the thirtieth anniversary of May '68, when Senegalese students and trades unionists, like their Paris counterparts, took to the streets, threatening a president who was eventually saved by the intervention of the army. Despite rumblings from students and unionists, nobody expects a rerun of May '68. What is expected is a more level playing field and some are even daring to predict the long sought alternance - a change of government.

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