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(Reuters) - Senegal deployed extra troops at ministry buildings, armored personnel carriers near the presidential palace and at least one helicopter gunship in the capital Dakar on Wednesday after riots over lengthy power cuts.
Many Dakar homes and businesses have been without electricity for more than 30 hours, catalyzing anti-government sentiment. Overnight, demonstrators burned tires and ransacked the offices of state electricity company Senelec and ministers' homes.
Riots erupted last week after President Abdoulaye Wade's tried to alter the constitution in a way his rivals said would make it easier for him to get re-elected in February.
Senegal has earned a reputation as West Africa's most stable and democratic country but is seeing rising public frustration over backsliding public services, particularly in power generation, since Wade took power in 2000.
Angry mobs attacked and destroyed government buildings across the city Monday, including the national electricity company's offices.
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Police have been using tear gas and water cannons, and so far there are no reports of anyone injured.