Head of state’s decision helped ease tensions and bring peace to Dakar, political analyst told RT
Senegalese President Macky Sall announced on Monday that he would not run again, ending his rule of more than a decade. Months of uncertainty over whether he would seek a third term have fueled violent opposition protests in the West African country.
“My dear fellow citizens, my decision after careful consideration is not to be a candidate for the election of February 25, 2024.said Sall, in a speech shared live on his Facebook account.
Prior to the president’s announcement, opposition leader Ousmane Sonko had called for further protests in case Sall decides to run again in February 2024.
However, the public widely praised the leader’s decision, hailing it as “wise.”
Political analyst Elimane Kane told RT that Sall’s announcement had “eased tensions and brought peacein Dakar, where the unrest of the previous month had left at least 16 people dead, according to the authorities.
“I think the president’s decision is a pleasant act for the country“, Kane said.
He expressed the hope that the outgoing leader will devote his last months to putting Senegal back on track, allowing his successor to continue working for the improvement of Senegalese democracy.
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Sall, 61, has been Senegalese head of state since 2012, when he defeated his 85-year-old predecessor, Abdoulaye Wade, himself a candidate for a third term.
Wade’s re-election was widely contested, although the former French colony’s highest court endorsed his candidacy.
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