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The Constitutional Council of Senegal has deemed the postponement of the presidential elections to be contrary to the Constitution

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The Constitutional Council of Senegal has deemed the postponement of the presidential elections to be contrary to the Constitution

Thursday the Constitutional Council of Senegal, which currency the constitutionality of the laws and is the highest electoral authority in the country, judged the decree with which President Macky Sall had postponed the elections about ten days ago from February 25th to December 15th of this year to be contrary to the Constitution. The suspension of the elections decided by Sall had also been approved by parliament, but several opposition politicians had then presented various appeals against the rule, which they believed was an attempt by Sall to remain in power.

It is not clear what will happen now: formally the postponement of the elections is no longer valid, but the Council has not indicated when they will have to be held, and it is up to Sall himself to establish a date. Sall is 62 years old, has governed since 2012 and was re-elected in 2019 (the position previously lasted 7 years, reduced to 5 with a referendum in 2016). His mandate will expire on April 2nd.

The decision to postpone the elections had triggered large protests across Senegal, which until now was considered one of the few stable democracies remaining in West Africa. There had been violent clashes between protesters and the police: in Saint-Louis, on the north coast of the country, a protesting student was killed. On Thursday the government released several opponents who had been arrested in the protests, in what was described by critics as an attempt by Sall to calm the protests against him (dozens of people, however, are still detained). Despite this, new protests are planned for Friday.

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