Senegal elects parliament in test for ruling party’s influence | News

The opposition hopes the vote will pressure a coalition with President Macky Sall and curb any ambitions he might maintain for a 3rd time period.

Senegalese voters are heading to the polls for parliamentary elections the opposition hopes will pressure a coalition with President Macky Sall and curb any ambitions he might maintain for a 3rd time period within the 2024 presidential vote.

Polling stations opened at 08:00 GMT and can shut at 18:00 GMT on Sunday.

Roughly seven million voters are eligible to elect 165 deputies within the Nationwide Meeting amid a politically tense ambiance within the West African nation.

Violent protests broke out final yr after Sall’s essential opponent, Ousmane Sonko, was arrested on rape fees, and greater than a dozen folks have been killed.

Sonko, who got here in third within the 2019 election, denies the allegations and his supporters have been vocal about their opposition to the president.

This yr, he and one other of Sall’s key opponents have been disqualified as candidates, which sparked extra widespread anger and protests through which three folks died in June.

Senegal, with a inhabitants of 17 million, is thought for its stability in a area that has seen coups in three international locations since 2020 and the place leaders have modified legal guidelines to stay in energy for third phrases.

Sunday’s election will give a clearer indication of what may occur in 2024.

Although Sonko’s candidacy was rejected by the Constitutional Council, he has organised opposition supporters throughout Senegal.

A victory for the opposition “can be synonymous with the rejection of a attainable third candidacy for Sall and a possible victory within the subsequent presidential election”, Ngom stated.

No touch upon third time period but

Sall’s Benno Bokk Yakaar governing get together at the moment holds 75 % of the legislature’s seats.

Sall, 60, has not talked a few third time period however has promised to talk on Monday, the day after the election.

Dissatisfaction with Sall has risen as attainable adversaries – together with the favored former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, and former President Abdoulaye Wade’s son Karim Wade – have been focused by the judiciary and disqualified from working for workplace.

Many accuse Sall of utilizing his energy to remove opponents.

Anger has additionally grown amid financial worries as gasoline and meals costs have skyrocketed because of the conflict in Ukraine.

Senegal’s former prime minister and head of the governing get together, Aminata Toure, appealed to the nation’s youth to vote.

“The youth should take part massively within the vote in because of President Macky Sall for the extraordinary work he has carried out for Senegal,” he declared in Kédougou within the southeast.

Inside Minister Antoine Felix Abdoulaye Diom toured polling stations across the nation and declared that every one the preparations had been made for a easy vote, regardless of floods previously few weeks.

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