Political Unrest: Senegal Fixes New Date For Presidential Election


Following political unrest and opposition protests, the Senegalese government has formally declared March 24 as the revised date for the highly anticipated presidential election in the country.

On Wednesday, a crucial meeting of the Council of Ministers unveiled this update in a communique, marking a significant milestone in the nation’s electoral schedule.


The decision comes after President Macky Sall, who is at the end of his second term and facing constitutional term limits, unexpectedly postponed the election for 10 months in early February.

This postponement, which shifted the election from its original date of February 25, ignited widespread chaos and led to opposition-led protests across the streets of Senegal.


The move to delay the election plunged the country into uncertainty, raising concerns over the state of democracy and governance in Senegal.

However, the intervention of the country’s highest election authority, the Constitutional Council, has been a turning point.

The Council rejected President Sall’s decision to postpone the election and mandated the government to promptly set a new date for the electoral process.

On Wednesday, following a meeting of the Council of Ministers, government spokesperson, Abdou Karim Fofana, in the communique, said, “The President of the Republic informed the Council of Ministers of the setting of the date of the presidential election for Sunday March 24, 2024.

“The President of the Republic also informed the Prime Minister and ministers of the formation of a new Government.”

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