Africa

Senegal denies Lamine Diack funding allegation

Senegalese President Macky Sall. Photo: 16 December 2015 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Macky Sall became Senegal's president in April 2012

The government of Senegal has denied allegations that President Macky Sall's campaign was funded by the former head of world athletics, Lamine Diack.

Government spokesperson Seydou Gueye said Mr Sall was not involved.

Lamine Diack, a Senegalese citizen, is under investigation in France, accused of turning a blind eye to doping in Russian athletics while IAAF chief.

French newspapers have alleged that he received $1.6m (£1.1m) from Russia to back Mr Sall's 2012 election campaign.

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