Senegal: Ruling coalition loses parliamentary majority

Senegal: Ruling coalition loses parliamentary majority

by Diadie Ba

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal’s ruling coalition, Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY), has lost its large majority in parliament, gaining only two more seats than two opposition coalitions at the end of parliamentary elections, the electoral commission said on Thursday.

According to the provisional results of Sunday’s poll, President Macky Sall’s coalition won 82 of the 165 parliamentary seats, while two opposition alliances, Yewwi Askane Wi (YAW) and Wallu, both won 80 seats.

In 2017, in the previous parliamentary elections, BBY won 125 seats.

This decline is explained by a growing public anger towards Macky Sall, fueled in part by the refusal of the head of State to clearly declare that he will not seek a third term in 2024, in violation of the limit in this matter.

The frustration of the population of the West African country, which is usually stable, also stems from the economic difficulties caused by the coronavirus health crisis and inflation.

No official statements have been made by the political parties.

Ruling party and opposition claimed victory earlier this week, with an opposition leader warning, however, that BBY would try to “steal” the poll – accusations rejected by the ruling coalition.

(Written by Sofia Christensen and Alessandra Prentice; French version by Jean Terzian)

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