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Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 15:47 GMT
Opposition support for Senegal's president


In Senegal, an opposition candidate who came fourth in the first round of presidential elections, has announced he's switching sides.

The candidate, Djibo Ka, told a news conference he would now be supporting President Abdou Diouf in the second round of voting on Sunday.

Yesterday, Mr Diouf, who is facing presidential run-offs for the first time in twenty years, appealed on national television for Mr Djibo Ka's support.

Correspondents say there's speculation that President Diouf has offered Mr Djibo Ka, who held several cabinet posts before he split from the ruling party, the prime minister's job if he is re-elected. After losing the election, Mr Djibo Ka had originally given his backing to the leading opposition candidate, Abdoulaye Wade.

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