Senegal’s President proposes general amnesty amidst political tensions


SENEGAL – Senegal’s President, Macky Sall, has announced plans for a general amnesty for political demonstrators from 2021 to 2024, seeking to ease tensions ahead of upcoming elections.

Speaking at a national dialogue on Monday, Sall reiterated his commitment to holding elections before the rainy season begins in July and assured that he will honour his mandate’s end in April.

This is according to a report by Africanews.

In a significant move towards reconciliation, President Sall expressed his intention to submit a bill to the National Assembly, calling for amnesty for political acts related to demonstrations during the specified period.

Member of the National Assembly, Seydou Diouf, underscored the President’s responsibility to convene stakeholders for dialogue, emphasising the need for broad-based consultations to ensure transparency and fairness in the electoral process.

Diouf emphasised that Sall’s non-involvement in the election reinforces the importance of impartial leadership in facilitating peaceful transitions of power.

Despite Sall’s reassurances, the 16 presidential candidates had boycotted the national dialogue, demanding immediate clarity on the election date following a court order earlier this month.

Senegal’s Constitutional Court ruled the previous election postponement illegal and instructed the government to set a new date promptly.

The delay in announcing the election date had heightened tensions, prompting concerns about the electoral process’s integrity and transparency.

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