On Saturday, February 3rd, Senegalese president Macky Sall postponed the country’s presidential election indefinitely in a surprise announcement only three weeks before the first round of voting. In a televised address, President Sall reiterated that he would not run again but that the postponement was necessary for a more inclusive and transparent process concerning the eligibility of presidential candidates.
Prior to this, on January 20th, a list of 20 presidential candidates was released, albeit with some prominent candidates left out. Karim Wade, son of former president Abdoulaye Wade, was disqualified for being a dual Senegalese and French national, even though he has renounced his French citizenship, and a law by the National Assembly clears the way for him to contest.
Ousmane Sonko, a former tax inspector and mayor of Zinguichor in Senegal’s South-East, was also disqualified due to a libel conviction. Sonko and his supporters insist the sentence is politically