Senegalese opposition coalitions unite for legislative elections

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Two Senegalese opposition coalitions, which have joined forces ahead of legislative elections scheduled for July, announced on Friday their intention to win a majority in parliament against President Macky Sall’s ruling party and prevent him from running for a third mandate.

First, take control of the National Assembly, repeal all the laws of the current regime used by Macky Sall to destroy the Senegalese democracy conquered through several generations of militants and patriots and at the cost of heavy sacrifices. Second, to operate a parliamentary reversal with a national assembly reconciled with the Senegalese people, representative and which imposes on Macky Sall a responsible governmental cohabitation. Third, block the risky prospect of Macky Sall running for an illegitimate and unconstitutional third term in the 2024 presidential election,” said opposition member Mamadou Lamine Diallo.

Former President Abdoulaye Wade‘s Wallu Senegal (Save Senegal in Wolof) coalition struck an alliance a few weeks ago with Yewwi Askan Wi (Let’s Free the People), led by beleaguered Ousmane Sonko.

“We were Republicans, which is why we canceled our demonstration, moreover several young people from the opposition were determined to march today. But next Wednesday, we are going to ring a big mobilization and no one can stop us from doing our protest,” said opposition member Ousamane Sonko.

The elections of July 31 aim to renew the 150 seats of deputies. The current Assembly is largely dominated by the presidential coalition of parties.

The legislative elections in July follow the local elections in March, won by the opposition in several large cities such as Dakar, Ziguinchor (south) and Thiès (west).

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