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Ex-Senegal PM faces fraud charges

Macky Sall pictured when he was still prime minister of Senegal, at the UN in New York in June 2006
Macky Sall has been tipped to run for president in 2012

The authorities in Senegal have charged former Prime Minister Macky Sall with alleged money laundering.

It follows an investigation into an alleged money-laundering ring involving the head of state from another African country, who has not been named.

Mr Sall had denied the charges, which his supporters say are politically motivated.

He quit as PM in June 2007 and left Senegal's governing party last November to form a new opposition movement.

He has been widely expected to stand for president at the next elections in 2012.

The political advisor son of Abdoulaye Wade, the current president, has been tipped as a potential rival of Mr Sall for the top job.

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