Senegal minister rules out lifting ban on gays

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September 9, 2013
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Dakar - Senegal's new Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the deeply conservative Muslim country despite being a former leading campaigner for gay rights, reports said on Friday.

As head of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Kaba fought to reform a law outlawing gay relationships, but he told reporters in Dakar on Thursday he had dropped his opposition to prosecuting gays.

“I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him,” Kaba was quoted by media outlets as saying at a press briefing.