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Senegal Candidate Pledges Graft Fight as Opposition Fractures

December 20, 2011

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- A Senegalese presidential candidate split with an opposition coalition, forming his own group and pledging to battle corruption should he win the West African nation’s February election.

“We need a system of good governance in this country,” Abdou Latif Coulibaly said in a phone interview today. “Corruption is the biggest problem in Senegal.”

His coalition, Benno Alternative 2012, split from main opposition group Benno Siggil Senegaal, which means United to Boost Senegal in the local Wolof language. Benno Alternative broke away over disagreements about the procedure for electing a candidate, Coulibaly said. He was named as the new party’s pick on Dec. 15.

Incumbent Abdoulaye Wade plans to run for a third term in office, with his eligibility set to be decided on by a Senegalese court. He will face Benno Siggil’s Moustapha Niasse and Parti Socialiste leader Ousmane Tanor Dieng.

--Editors: Emily Bowers, Antony Sguazzin

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