the president’s camp lost its absolute majority, according to provisional official results

The presidential camp lost its absolute majority in the National Assembly, but it remains in the lead with a very narrow lead, according to the provisional official results of the legislative elections on July 31 in Senegal, which was proclaimed on Thursday August 4.

This is the first time since the independence of this West African country in 1960 that the party in power has lost its absolute majority and that it has to rely on other forces in Parliament to pass its laws.

The coalition of the president, Macky Sall, from 125 deputies in 2017 to 82, from 165 in the Assembly, according to the provisional official results of the national commission of the census of votes (CNRV) published Thursday.

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The dynamics driven by the local elections in January

The opposition confirmed the momentum driven by the local elections in January, especially in some large cities, and won 80 MP seats in total: 56 for the Yewwi Askan Wi coalition (“let the people out” in Wolof) and 24 for Wallu Senegal (“save Senegal” in Wolof), forming an alliance for the legislative elections. Three other deputies from the range of three small coalitions of parties.

The final figures must be published by the Constitutional Council within five days if there is no appeal. These results will convince the President of the Republic, rejected in the ballot box, to surrender the project lent to him to represent himself in the presidential elections of 2024, say experts and observers.

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Macky Sall, elected in 2012 for seven years and re-elected in 2019 for five years, remains unclear about his intentions. He promised to appoint a prime minister – a post he cut in 2019 and then reinstated in December 2021 – from the party that won the election.

Accusations of “ballot stuffing” and “massive fraud”

At a polling station in Pikine, in the suburbs of Dakar, on July 31, 2022.

After the vote, the numbers from the department’s vote counting commissions showed a tight ballot and both sides claimed victory. Yewwi Askan Wi, the main opposition coalition formed around Ousmane Sonko, who came third in the 2019 presidential election, joined forces for the election with the Wallu Senegal coalition, led by ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, elected deputy at the age of 96.

“We reject these results”, answered Déthié Fall, one of the leaders of this alliance after the official proclamation. A little earlier in the day, he seized the election commission to ask him “the right to examine the minutes [de bureaux de vote] to make observations and possible complaints within legal deadlines”which he says he was turned down. “The Yewwi Askan Wi coalition did not sign the minutes of the CNRV because we cannot accept this refusal”he said, adding that if he had access to all the documents “We still see irregularities that affect their vote and allow us to recover the two representatives they took from us in excess”.

Ms. Aïda Mbodj, another opposition leader, spoke the other day about “ballot filling” and on “prefabricated and unsigned minutes that they (powers) create themselves” in localities in northern Senegal including Matam, Podor, Ranérou and Kanel, strongholds of President Sall.

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“We will not accept the confiscation of the victory. This is a big fraud business orchestrated by politicians with connections to the administration” territory, added Mr. Sonko. The President, Macky Sall, for his part, welcomed the smooth running of the election “in calmness, peace and transparency, throughout the national territory”at the end of the Council of Ministers, Wednesday.

Violent demonstrations during the pre-campaign

The vote took place on Sunday without major incident, with a participation rate of 46.64% according to the CNRV. International observers from the Economic Community of West African States and the Collective of Civil Society Organizations for the Elections noted the peaceful and transparent nature of the ballot.

The pre-campaign was marked by violent demonstrations that caused at least three deaths due to the invalidity, of the Constitutional Council, of the holders of the national list of the coalition led by Mr. Sonko, forced to stop participating in the election..

“The ruling coalition is on its last legs. The high cost of food, the rising price of water, the authoritarian practices around the demonstrations followed by deaths “ explain this vote of sanctions against the president, political analyst Maurice Soudieck Dione told Agence France-Presse.

“The question of the third term was finally settled by the Senegalese people on election day. With this Parliament, Macky Sall no longer has the possibility to change the Constitution, which allows the renewal of the President’s mandate only once “also remembers the constitutionalist Ngouda Mboup.

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The World with AFP

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