On Friday, army forces were stationed in portions of Dakar, Senegal’s capital, as the city braced for further turmoil following a jail sentence for opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, which ignited one of the country’s bloodiest days in recent memory.

On Thursday, nine people were murdered in skirmishes between riot police and Sonko followers after he was sentenced to two years in prison for influencing youngsters. The opposition claims that the ruling, which might ban Sonko from standing for office next year, was politically motivated.

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