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The presidential camp lost its absolute majority in the National Assembly but maintained a very narrow lead after the legislative elections in Senegal, according to the provisional official results of the National Commission for census of votes.
The president’s coalition claimed victory, opposed by the opposition: after the legislative elections in Senegal, it finally lost an absolute majority in the National Assembly but remained in the lead with a short lead, according to provisional officials the result of which was announced on Thursday. August. 4 of the National Vote Census Commission (CNRV).
For the first time since independence in 1960 in this West African country known for its stability, the party in power will lose its absolute majority and will have to rely on other forces in Parliament to pass its laws.
The coalition of President Macky Sall went from 125 deputies in 2017 to 82, from 165 in the Assembly, according to provisional official results.
The opposition confirmed its strength in the local elections that began in January, especially in some large cities, and won 80 parliamentary seats in total: 56 for the Yewwi Askan Wi coalition and 24 for Wallu Senegal – the two formed an alliance for the legislature.
Three other MPs are from the ranks of three other smaller party coalitions.
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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 Macky Sall, who was rejected at the ballot box, to give up the project lent to him to represent himself in the presidential elections of 2024, say experts and observers. Elected in 2012 for seven years and re-elected in 2019 for five years, he remains vague about his intentions.
Macky Sall promised to appoint a Prime Minister – a position he abolished in 2019 and then reinstated in December 2021 – within the party that won the election.
After the vote, the numbers from the department’s vote counting commissions showed a tight ballot and both sides claimed victory.
Yewwi Askan Wi (Free the People, in Wolof), the main opposition coalition, formed around Ousmane Sonko – who came third in the 2019 presidential election – has allied itself for the election with the Wallu Senegal coalition ( Save the Senegal, in Wolof), led by former president Abdoulaye Wade, was elected deputy on Thursday at the age of 96.
An official of this alliance contacted the Electoral Commission to ask it “the right to examine the minutes (of the polling stations) to make observations and possible complaints within the legal deadlines”. Aïda Mbodj, another leader of the opposition, spoke Wednesday night in a press conference on “ballot stuffing” and “prefabricated and unsigned minutes that they (the power) created themselves” in the localities of northern Senegal including Matam, Podor, Ranérou and Kanel, strongholds of President Sall.
“We will not accept a seizure of victory. This is a business of big fraud orchestrated by politicians who have ties to the administration” territory, added Ousmane Sonko.
President Macky Sall, for his part, welcomed the smooth running of the elections “in calmness, peace and transparency, in the extent of the national territory”, Wednesday at the end of the Council of Ministers. “I salute the Senegalese people, after the provisional proclamation of the results of the legislative elections, for the exemplary nature of our democracy, the credibility of our electoral system”, Macky Sall described on Twitter.
I salute the people of Senegal, after the provisional proclamation of the results of the legislative elections, for the exemplary nature of our democracy, the credibility of our electoral system. I congratulate all the actors for the excellent organization and coverage of the election.
— Macky Sall (@Macky_Sall) August 4, 2022
The presidential coalition assured the Senegalese of “the pursuit of reforms essential to the establishment of a united, prosperous Senegal, of the rule of law” and called “for the consolidation of (our) democracy and (our) Republic” , stated after the results. Aminata Touré, his head of the list.
“The ruling coalition is at the end of its tether”
The vote took place on Sunday without major incidents, with a participation rate of 46.64%, according to the CNRV.
International observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Collective of Civil Society Organizations for the Elections (COSCE) noted the peaceful and transparent nature of the ballot.
The pre-campaign was marked by violent demonstrations due to the invalidity of the Constitutional Council by the holders of the national list of the coalition led by Ousmane Sonko, forced to stop participating in the elections. These demonstrations left at least three dead.
“The ruling coalition is at the end of its tether. The high cost of food, the increase in the price of water, the authoritarian practices around the demonstrations followed by deaths explain this authorization to vote against of the president”, explained AFP political analyst Maurice Soudieck Dione.