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Senegal: Legislative elections on Sunday, Test Voting 19 months from the presidential election

 Senegal: Legislative elections on Sunday, Test Voting 19 months from the presidential election © John Wessels An electoral poster in Dakar, on July 27, 2022 The Senegalese elect their deputies on Sunday during the legislative value before the presidential election in February 2024, a ballot that the opposition wants to take advantage of to impose a cohabitation on President Macky Sall and slow down the intentions she lends to want to make a third term.

Le président du Sénégal, Macky Sall, perd la majorité absolue à l’Assemblée nationale, mais reste en tête. © Reuters The president of Senegal, Macky Sall, loses the absolute majority in the National Assembly, but remains in the lead.

According to the provisional results, the Senegalese presidential camp obtains 82 deputies out of 165 during the legislative elections, but loses the absolute majority. A first.

End of the suspense. It took 5 days to the National Voting Census Commission (CNRV) to count the approximately 3.3 million (47 % participation rate) of voting bulletins of these legislative elections, after a confused electoral cycle.

Thursday August 4 in the evening, The results finally fall : the coalition of President Macky Sall stumbles at an absolute majority seat with 82 deputies. The opposition, notably led by former President Abdoulaye Wade, won 80 seats.

Legislative elections in Senegal: the opposition wants to "impose a cohabitation" on President Macky Sall

 Legislative elections in Senegal: the opposition wants to The Senegalese elect their deputies on Sunday during a test value before the presidential election in February 2024. in Senegal, some 7 million voters are called upon to renew their deputies on Sunday July 31. A ballot that the opposition wants to take advantage of to impose a cohabitation on President Macky Sall and slow down the inclinations that she lends to seek a third term in 2024.

The final results must be published next week by the Constitutional Council after examining any appeals. And already, the opposition "rejects these results. »

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suspicions of fraud

as early as Wednesday evening, during a press briefing, the main leaders of the opposition coalition Yewwi Askan Wi (release the people) asked for "the suspension" of the publication of the results of the legislative elections to examine Complaints following irregularities and fraud. In vain. The "Grande Coalition of the Opposition" had announced that it did not "accept a confiscation of victory". "It is a massive fraud company orchestrated by politicians with certainly the complicity of the administration," said leader Ousmane Sonko, known for his campaign against the CFA franc. I ask the Senegalese to defend their votes whatever it costs. »

It will be necessary to scrutinize if the opposition goes to the end of the appeals, but although it happens it is a revolution within the National Assembly, explains Babacar Ndiaye, research director of Wathi, Think Tank West African based in Dakar . With this more important presence of the opposition in the hemicycle, "democratic life will be more active, more dynamic, and that is a novelty in Senegal. »

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