Opposition calls for protests in Dakar against the postponement of presidential elections
Opposition parties in Senegal have called for a mass demonstration in the capital city of Dakar on February 4th to protest against President Macky Sall’s decision to postpone the presidential elections, which were originally scheduled for February 25th. This decision by the president has caused uproar and a serious political crisis in the country.
Leading opposition candidates have called for the mobilization of all Senegalese citizens to defend democratic achievements and demand the restoration of the republican calendar. The opposition argues that the postponement of the elections undermines the democratic process and threatens the stability of the country.
The international community has expressed concerns over the situation. France, the United States, the European Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have all called for transparent and democratic elections to be held as soon as possible.
President Sall has justified the postponement of the elections by referring to the conflict between the Constitutional Council and the National Assembly regarding the validation of candidate nominations. The president argues that this conflict needs to be resolved in order to ensure free and fair elections.
One candidate, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a self-proclaimed antisystem candidate who has been imprisoned since 2023 but was authorized to run by the Constitutional Council, has emerged as a credible contender for victory and poses a threat to the presidential camp.
President Sall has announced the organization of a national dialogue to ensure a free and transparent election process. However, given the obligations of the electoral code, holding a new presidential election within the designated timeframe may prove challenging.
There is a risk that President Sall will remain in power beyond the end of his mandate on April 2nd. This has raised concerns among opposition supporters and the international community, who emphasize the importance of respecting the democratic principles of a peaceful transition of power.
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