Senegal civil groups protest plan to make VP job

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Civil organizations in Senegal say they oppose a proposal to change the constitution to create a vice presidential post in time for next year’s election.

The change would allow automatic succession in the event of the president’s death.

The groups, which include international rights group Amnesty International, said Saturday the proposal amounts to a “constitutional coup d’etat.”

Senegal’s opposition criticized the Cabinet proposal issued Thursday, saying it is a way for 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade to bring his controversial son into power without having to be elected.

Under the current system, if the president dies in office, the senate chief becomes president briefly, until the country can organize new elections.

The National Assembly has to vote on the proposal.

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