Senegal’s Parliamentary Elections Clear the Field for Sall

Senegalese President Macky Sall speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting, Sept. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Julie Jacobson).
Senegalese President Macky Sall speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting, Sept. 21, 2016 (AP photo by Julie Jacobson).

On July 30, Senegal held legislative elections, the second such vote since President Macky Sall took office five years ago. He and his party won overwhelmingly, claiming 43 of the country’s 45 electoral districts in a victory that underscored Sall’s strong position as his re-election campaign approaches in 2019. But a tough electoral battle in the capital, Dakar, as well as an opposition victory in the city of Touba, suggest that his political supremacy is far from complete. And opposition accusations of intimidation and voting irregularities raise questions about the state of democracy in Senegal. Heading into the recent vote, […]

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