Senegal’s president says he will call elections before end of July

Senegal’s President Macky Sall has announced that he aims to fix a date before the end of July for the presidential elections. He also announced a general amnesty for political prisoners.

“My desire and my dearest wish is to hold the presidential election as soon as possible, and to do so before the coming winter [rainy season], and in peace,” he said.

“If we reach a consensus, I will set the date for the election,” Sall said late on Monday while concluding the first of two days of the national dialogue.

“Otherwise, I will ask the Constitutional Council to find me a replacement on April 2,” Sall added.

Voters have been waiting for the announcement of a new timeframe for the polls, which were postponed by Sall on 3 February.

Protests erupted across the country over the weekend with many people turning up at voting stations to post fake symbolic votes.

Credit: rfi


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