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Senegalese President Macky Sall Agrees to Leave Office at End of Term with No Date for New Election

HeadlineFeb 23, 2024

Senegalese President Macky Sall said Thursday he will leave office on April 2, at the end of his presidential term. This comes after he attempted to delay this month’s election by 10 months, plunging Senegal into political turmoil and triggering accusations he was trying to hold onto power. Senegal’s highest election authority issued a ruling that the poll delay was unlawful, which Sall vowed to abide by.

President Macky Sall: “I consider having finished my work at the head of the country at the end of my term. It is up to all these components of the dialogue and to the Constitutional Council in the last resort to see how they will continue the process. But what is certain, there will not be a vacuum. We cannot leave a country without a president. That’s obvious.”

President Sall did not, however, announce a date for a new election in Senegal. Talks between civil society groups, political parties and candidates are scheduled to take place next week.

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