Limited protests and election postponement in Senegal, one-third dead since crisis began

Peace has returned to most cities in Senegal, including the capital Dakar, but demonstrations continue in the city of Ziguinchor, where one person died yesterday evening, bringing the country's death toll to 3 since the crisis began. Is. To postpone the presidential election 9 days in advance.

A 16-year-old student was killed on Saturday evening during a demonstration in the town of Ziguinchor in the south of the country, which is located in Casamance province, the stronghold of imprisoned opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, where clashes between groups of youths continued. Men and security forces.

Demonstrations in the city of Ziguinchor included dozens of youths – some of them very young – who blocked roads and threw stones at security forces.

Abdo Sani, coordinator of the opposition “Pastif” party in Ziguinchor, told Agence France-Presse that several people were seriously injured during the demonstration, and one of them died after being shot in the head.

An investigation was launched in Saint-Louis (North) following the murder of a 22-year-old university student the day before yesterday, Friday, in circumstances that are still mysterious. A 23-year-old mobile phone salesman also died of wounds he sustained yesterday, Saturday, in the capital Dakar, as a result of police firing on him on Friday, his relatives said.

The postponement of the elections sparked a wave of protest on social media, with the opposition condemning it as a “constitutional coup”.

Senegal's international partners expressed their concern and called for elections to be held as soon as possible.

On 3 February, Senegalese President Macky Sall announced that he had revoked the decree by which he had set the date of the presidential elections for the 25th of the same month. The National Assembly (Parliament) also voted in favor of postponing the elections. On the following December 15, security forces stormed the Assembly and forcibly took out the opposition representatives.

The law states that Macky Sall will continue his duties until a successor is installed, possibly as early as 2025, given that the president's term officially ends on April 2.

This is the first time since 1963 that a presidential election by direct universal suffrage has been postponed in Senegal.

The postponement of the presidential elections for 10 months sparked a wave of protests in several cities on Friday, the day before, and security forces suppressed them by using tear gas to disperse any gatherings, and the opposition vented its anger at the crackdown Expressed. Of demonstrations.

A new demonstration is to be organized the day after tomorrow, Tuesday, at the invitation of a civil society group. The group's coordinator, Malek Diop, told Agence France-Presse, “We need a strategy for citizens' struggle. Civil disobedience is a weapon we will use to disrupt the country and restore constitutional legitimacy.

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