One of them, Imam Demba Diawara, who is a village chief in Senegal, proved critical.
Over the past year, we have seen peaceful transitions of power in Malawi and Senegal, and a new President in Somalia.
There are just over 500 military service members in West Africa, serving in Senegal and Liberia.
African nation, named for the river through it, perhaps from a local word meaning "navigable."
Note: Senegal was a French colony from 1895 to 1958. It became fully independent in 1960.