Senegal: civil society calls on Macky Sall to settle the debate on a 3rd term

maryam lahbal
maryam lahbal
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President Macky Sall maintains the vagueness on a possible 3rd candidacy in 2024. But leaders of the majority multiply the declarations in this direction. A “red line” for several civil society organizations. After the establishment of a platform last October, they launched a “January 31 appeal” on Tuesday, and ask the Head of State to clearly – and quickly – decide the debate.

On January 31, 2012, demonstrators marched in Dakar to protest against the third candidacy of President Abdoulaye Wade. Mamadou Mbodj took part in the rallies. Eleven years later, he coordinates the platform called “Jàmm a Gën 3e mandate”, “peace is better than a 3rd term”. “History repeats itself,” he says.

“This is an inconvenient remake. It would be a serious democratic setback to come back again in 2023 to repeat what happened in 2011-2012. Each time there has been a candidacy for a third term, there have been deaths, in Senegal, Guinea, and everywhere. We don’t want this remake. »

The collective warns against a “risk of chaos” in the country, and the end of the “Senegalese exception” in the region. But several voices accuse a civil society of doing too much, of exaggerating tensions. Criticisms rejected by Senghane Senghor of RADDHO (African Meeting for the Defense of Human Rights).

In addition, President Macky Sall was received on Tuesday by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris. According to the presidency in Dakar, the two heads of state “reviewed the bilateral agenda within the framework of strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between Senegal and France”. They also spoke of Paris’ “reaffirmed support” for Africa’s candidacy for a permanent seat in the G20.

Maryam Lahbal

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