Court rules against Senegal’s presidential aspirant

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Khalifa Sall

The court of appeal in Senegal has upheld a five-year prison sentence handed down to a prominent opposition politician.

Khalifa Sall, the mayor of the capital, Dakar, was convicted earlier this year of the fraudulent use of public funds.

Mr Sall has described the charges against him as politically motivated.

The ruling bars him from running in elections next year, for which he had been seen as a potential rival to President Macky Sall.

Emmanuel Ukoh