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Head of powerful Muslim brotherhood dies in Senegal

AFP  |  Dakar 

The of the influential brotherhood of Muslims in West has died, Senegalese media reported today.

Around 95 per cent of Senegal's population is Muslim and most men join Sufi brotherhoods that combine with distinctive local beliefs.

Serigne Sidy Moctar Mbacke, who was 92 or 93 when he passed away yesterday, was the grandson of the founder of the brotherhood, Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke, and became its seventh caliph in 2010.

He was buried overnight in the holy city of and will be succeeded by another grandson of Bamba, Serigne Mountakha Bassirou Mbacke, the official agency reported.

was due in to offer his condolences, newspaper reported, in a sign of the Mourides' powerful presence in Senegalese public life.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:35 IST