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Senegal’s Heartbeat: Protests Erupt Anew


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Alright, let’s unravel this fabric of turmoil that’s got Senegal in the headlines again, shall we? Picture this: it’s a nation known for its democratic resilience in a region often rocked by coups, but suddenly, protests are erupting like popcorn in hot oil. Why, you ask? Well, let’s dive into the heart of Dakar’s latest drama.

Vote Postponed

First off, Senegal’s President Maky Sall has stirred the pot by postponing the Presidential elections originally set for February 25. Just weeks before his second and final term was due to end, he throws a curveball, delaying the vote to December 15. Why? A tiff between the National Assembly and the Constitutional Council over how candidates get picked. The opposition, not too pleased about being sidelined, got a taste of the riot police’s hospitality, dragged out of parliament like last week’s garbage. This move effectively gifts Mr. Sall an extra 10 months in the captain’s chair.

Now, these protests aren’t just a few angry tweets. They’ve taken to the streets, and the police response? Let’s just say it’s been less than gentle, with a crackdown that’s left one person dead. Critics are calling it a Constitutional coup d’état, and frankly, it’s hard to argue with that label.

But hold on, it gets even more interesting. Dakar’s streets turning into a battleground? Yeah, it’s happened before. Let’s roll back to last year. Picture it: scenes that could rival any Hollywood action movie. It was the worst violence the city had seen in decades. The toll? Over 20 lives lost, hundreds injured. And what sparked this chaos? A two-year sentence handed down to Ousmane Sonko. He’s pretty much the face of the opposition. The charges against him? Some would say they’re flimsier than a bowl of consommé.

Now, fast forward to this January, and what happens? Sonko’s name gets axed from the Presidential race by the Constitutional Council.

Sall’s Dilemma

Sall, who surfed into office on a wave of change back in 2012, now seems to be paddling back on his own narrative. Despite earlier claims of not seeking a third term, he’s now hinting at a loophole that might just let him slip in for another go, thanks to a tweak in Presidential tenure during his first term.

Now, Senegal’s been the poster child for democracy in West Africa, a region where military coups are more common than a cold in winter. Sall himself has played the hero, leading the charge against military dictators clinging to power. Yet, here we are, watching Dakar take a turn that’s got everyone biting their nails, wondering if Senegal’s legacy as a beacon of democracy is about to flicker out.

So, as protests continue to simmer and the world watches, one can’t help but ponder the future of this democratic stronghold in a region all too familiar with the sound of boots on the ground.

Will Senegal hold onto its title as the only coup-free nation in West Africa, or are we witnessing the first cracks in its democratic facade? Stay tuned, folks. This story is far from over.

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