AFRICA/SENEGAL – The Council of Catholic Laity: “Risks of destabilization”. More clashes over the postponement of the vote

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AFRICA/SENEGAL – The Council of Catholic Laity: “Dangers of destabilization”. Extra clashes over the postponement of the vote

Dakar (Agenzia Fides) – Three useless and over 250 arrested. That is the result of the clashes on the sidelines of the protests that befell final weekend in Senegal in opposition to the postponement of the presidential elections in Senegal selected February 3 by President Macky Sall (see Fides 5/2/2024). The elections have been imagined to happen on February twenty fifth, however after the president initially introduced the postponement to a date but to be decided, the Nationwide Meeting determined to postpone them to December fifteenth. Within the capital Dakar, safety forces used tear gasoline and deafening grenades in opposition to demonstrators. Whereas calm appeared to have returned to Dakar, there have been additional clashes in Ziguinchor, the capital of Casamance province, between dozens of youths and safety forces who shaped checkpoints and threw stones. Along with the opposition events, a number of civil society organizations have additionally expressed their opposition to the postponement of the election. These embrace the Catholic lay affiliation CNL, which in a press release expressed “with bitterness and remorse” its personal rejection of this resolution, “the results of which may lead Senegal into an unsure future”. “Trustworthy to its values of peace and brotherhood and within the pursuits of the Nation, the CNL calls on the President of the Republic in addition to all political events to strictly respect the electoral calendar. The CNL calls on the State and all events concerned within the electoral course of, particularly political events, “to work for peace and stability in Senegal by discovering the required options as rapidly as attainable to prepare a clear, complete, peaceable and democratic election,” the assertion stated. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 12/2/2024)



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