It was an historic speech, even if Macky Sall’s detractors saw it as the only logical decision in the face of the pressures he was facing from within and outside his government. On Monday, 3 July, the Senegalese head of state surprised the majority of observers – including his closest aides, who had been kept on the sidelines until the last moment – when he announced he would not seek a third term in office.
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