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SENEGAL: Deferral of local elections.

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Initially scheduled for December 1, 2019, the local elections will be postponed to a date not yet specified by the Senegalese authorities. The Minister of the Interior, Aly Ngouille Ndiaye has made public this decision of the State on the occasion of the general assembly constitutive students of the middle school of Diourbel on September 1, 2019.

This is the 2nd postponement of the elections. They were already scheduled for June 29, 2019, but finally brought back to December 1 of the same year. According to the Minister of the Interior, this new postponement was generally unanimous among political parties in Senegal.

No date has been selected yet. However, the minister said that discussions are underway to find a consensus on when these elections will be held.

The opposition cries scandal and finds the postponement untimely. For example, the Pastef party led by Ousmane Sonko, demands respect for the Republican calendar and considers this decision as “illegal, illegitimate and contrary to democracy in a state of law.”