Senegal: Macky Sall at the crossroads

By Marième Soumaré
Posted on Monday, 18 July 2022 13:14

President Macky Sall in Berlin, 27 January 2020. ©TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP

Senegal’s legislative elections on 31 July, for which the campaign has just begun, will be a new test for the head of state, who is entering the final stretch of his mandate. Macky Sall has to manoeuvre around attacks from the opposition as well as ambitions from within his own camp, not to mention the constantly postponed nomination of a prime minister. 

Suddenly, the whistles fall silent. The chants from the crowd stop. On 8 June in Dakar, in front of thousands of supporters there to support them at the Place de l’Obélisque, Ousmane Sonko and his allies began their rally with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the demonstrations.

On the podium, the opposition leader announces: “As long as Macky Sall is in power, Senegal will not be stable. This demonstration is a warning.” Then he adds: “When an order is illegal, you have to disobey.”