February 20, 2011 / 9:14 PM / 8 years ago

Senegalese man dies after self-immolation-source

DAKAR, Feb 20 (Reuters) - A Senegalese man has died two days after he set himself on fire at the gates of the presidential palace in Dakar in protest against the lack of employment, a hospital source said on Sunday.

Oumar Bocoum was the latest in a string of self-immolations since jobless Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December, sparking a protest that swept authoritarian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali from office.

“Bocoum’s body was taken to the morgue at two in the morning,” the hospital source said, asking not to be named.

Local media reported over the weekend that Bocoum, a former soldier, left a message calling for either “a job or death” before setting himself on fire.

He was taken to a nearby hospital but died of his injuries.

Senegal has long-enjoyed a reputation for democracy and stability in an otherwise turbulent West Africa region.

A year ahead of elections, frustrations are growing over power cuts and the lack of opportunities for a growing, young and increasingly urbanised population, but few expect widespread unrest to hit the country. (Reporting by Diadie Ba; writing by David Lewis)

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