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Senegal: Voting Underway in Parliamentary Poll Seen As Test for Macky Sall

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Senegal’s electors vote on Sunday in parliamentary polls. The poll will resolve the 165 seats of the single-chamber parliament for the subsequent 5 years.

Senegalese opposition figures say they hope for a weak efficiency by supporters of President Macky Sall, who managed the out-going parliament.

Sixty-year-old Sall, who was elected in 2012 for seven years then re-elected in 2019 for an additional 5, has been accused of plannng to interrupt the two-term restrict and run once more in 2024.

A poor efficiency by his get together in Sunday’s elections for the Senegalese parliament’s 165 seats would make such a presidential initiative much less more likely to succeed.

The opposition did very effectively in native elections final March, successful management of cities like Dakar, Ziguinchor and Thiès.

Latest will increase within the costs of primary commodities, particularly meals and gasoline, have sparked anger towards the federal government.

The nationwide election fee has deployed 22,000 observers nationwide.

Complicated voting system

Senegal’s MPs are elected based on a system that mixes proportional illustration, with nationwide lists for 53 lawmakers, and majority voting within the nation’s departments for 97 others.

The diaspora elects the remaining 15 members of parliament.

This yr, eight coalitions are within the operating, together with Yewwi Askan Wi (“Liberate the Individuals” in Wolof), the principle opposition coalition.

Its highest-profile member, Ousmane Sonko, got here third within the 2019 presidential election.

However he and different members of the coalition have been banned from operating in Sunday’s elections on technical grounds.

Liberate the Individuals has joined forces with Wallu Senegal (“Save Senegal” in Wolof), led by former president Abdoulaye Wade.

The 2 teams have agreed to work collectively to acquire a parliamentary majority and “power governmental cohabitation”.

In addition they need to power Sall to surrender any hope of operating in 2024.

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