On Sunday, Senegal voted in parliamentary elections the opposition hopes will force a coalition with President Macky Sall and curb any ambitions he may have for a third term.
These elections stand as a decisive test for opposition parties trying to tackle the ruling party’s influence ahead of the presidential election in 2024.
Sixty-year-old Sall, who was elected in 2012 for seven years then re-elected in 2019 for another five, has been accused of wanting to break the two-term limit and run again in 2024.
“It’s is the destiny of our people that is at stake today with these legislative elections. It is extraordinary. It is very important. People must vote.”, says El Hadji Ngagne Ndiaye outside a polling station in Dakar.
About 7 million voters were called to elect the 165 deputies in their National Assembly. “We want to have a dynamic assembly. An assembly that represents and assists the people. The Senegalese people really need this.”, says Madame Gomis
Ahead of the polls, Yewwi Askan Wi joined forces with “Save Senegal”, led by former president Abdoulaye Wade to work together to obtain a parliamentary majority and “force governmental cohabitation”.
The coalition between the two opposition groups was to force Sall to give up any hope of running again for president in 2024.
“If Macky Sall loses them (the legislative elections), he will no longer talk about a third term,” Sonko said.