Legislative in Senegal: the test of confidence
In the hustle and bustle of the caravans, under the cries of the crowd, the political slogans shouted into crackling microphones, the music blaring from the loudspeakers which are shouting, they are the ones who remain impassive. Stoic, focused, inevitably impressive. Occasionally the face hidden behind a hood. In charge of the security of their “VIPs”, candidate protection officers were on the front line of this election campaign – and were themselves sometimes at the origin of violent scenes.
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Many come from the army, or even from the French Foreign Legion. Some were failed in the police or gendarmerie competitions. Still others are martial arts masters and report the number of dans (grades) on their belt noire like a civil status. For politicians who feel safe, they operate alone or in pairs. Public figures on whom a threat weighs, they recruit in number. The businessman and opponent Bougane Guèye Dany, thus, ensures to move with no less than 75 people at his side. Outside the election period, he is permanently accompanied by six armed men. And this while he is not yet a candidate in this legislative election.