Macky Premier, the new Senegalese monarch: “I will not be a candidate” But there will be no elections either! President Macky Sall made an about-face this evening, causing an outcry within the Senegalese political class and the international community. After having repeatedly sworn not to run for a controversial third term, Macky Sall repealed the decree setting the date of the presidential election initially scheduled for February 25, 2024. This spectacular turnaround destroys the promise of democratic change so cherished by the Senegalese people. By assuming the right to choose his successor and depriving the people of their choice, Macky Sall sows doubt about his real intentions. His excessive ambition to stay in power brings him dangerously close to the authoritarian excesses that Africa has fought so hard. Now we are waiting for the reaction of ECOWAS and the sanctions it could take in this situation. Indeed, the organization has already reacted firmly to coup d’état situations in the Sahel countries./AES
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