Senegal: Only One Hat

Three months ago, in a bitter end to a beautiful friendship, Poet-President Leopold Senghor of peanut-growing Senegal, on the West African coast, booted out of office his old friend, Premier Mamadou Dia, after Dia had turned on Senghor in an attempted coup. Last week, in a referendum run off while Dia languished behind the barbed wire of a military camp outside Dakar awaiting trial for treason, the 56-year-old Senghor legalized his position as Senegal's strongman.

While pro-Senghor demonstrators chanted, "A single hat on a single head," more than 1,000,000 Senegalese shuffled to the polls and handed Senghor a 99.5% oui...

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