Two opposition coalitions in Senegal, which have joined forces in preparation for legislative elections in July, stated on Friday that they plan to be the majority in parliament against President Macky Sall’s ruling party and block him from competing for a third term.
First, to seize control of the National Assembly and repeal all of the legislation of the existing dictatorship employed by Macky Sall to undermine the Senegalese democracy won by several generations of activists and patriots at great cost. Second, to achieve a parliamentary reversal with a national legislature that is reconciled with the Senegalese people, is representative, and imposes a responsible government cohabitation on Macky Sall. “Third, to prevent Macky Sall from standing for a third illegitimate and unlawful term in the 2024 presidential election,” said opposition member Mamadou Lamine Diallo.
Several weeks ago, the coalition Wallu Senegal (Save Senegal in Wolof), led by former President Abdoulaye Wade, formed an alliance with Yewwi Askan Wi (“Let’s free the people”), led by the embattled Ousmane Sonko.
“Because we were Republicans, and because numerous opposing teenagers were committed to march today, we canceled our protest. Opposition member Ousamane Sonko stated, “However, on the following Wednesday, we will call for a massive mobilization and no one will be able to stop us from holding a demonstration.”
The July 31 elections are intended to renew the 150 parliamentary seats. The present Assembly is dominated by the coalition of presidential parties.
Local elections in March were won by the opposition in several major cities, including Dakar, Ziguinchor (south), and Thies. The legislative elections in July will follow (west).