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Jun 12, 2019 | 16:40 GMT

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Senegal: Protests Over Government Corruption Allegations Are Planned

What Happened: A civil society group in Senegal has reportedly called for protests over the corruption scandal engulfing the country's government, KOACI reported June 11. The demonstrations have been scheduled to start on June 14 at Place de la Nation in Dakar. 

Why It Matters: The demonstrations will be the first known protests to take place following the release of a recent BBC report alleging that the brother of Senegalese President Macky Sall received millions of dollars in kickbacks from the country's natural gas sector. The protests could be large, given the outrage among citizens over the issue And while the protests will likely remain mostly peaceful, it is possible that some skirmishes will occur. 

Background: Large swaths of Senegalese citizens and opposition parties have called for investigations following the BBC investigation. Sall's government, for its part, has also tried to signal that it will get to the bottom of the matter.

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