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SENEGAL – Khalifa Sall bets on Barthélemy Diaz for local elections

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Khalifa Ababacar Sall

The former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, intends to set his sights on the current idyll of Sacré-cœur, Barthélemy Diaz. The politician is currently on provisional release after his detention for misappropriation of the advance fund of the town hall of Dakar, the member of the Socialist Party might not stand in the next local elections without amnesty.He could first promote Barthélemy Diaz and then choose the option of the alliance with Pastef-Les Patriotes d’Ousmane Sonko for the next local elections scheduled for January 2022.

Political calculations are now being launched in the run-up to the postponed local elections.The major challenge is the strategic town hall of Dakar. Khalifa Ababacar Sall, idyll of Dakar from 2009 to 2007, wants to reorganize so as not to lose this advantage. Aware that only an amnesty could allow him to take part in local elections, which is less likely, he now bets on Barthélemy Diaz, current mayor of Sacré-cœur. 

The stated objective of this political strategy is to try to find a single list in order to maximize the chances of winning. This necessarily involves an alliance with the opponent and leader of Pastef-Les Patriotes, Ousmane Sonko. The former MP, whose electoral weight continues to grow, could be a strong ally in this political ring. His relationship of trust with Barthélemy Diaz is a major asset to make this coalition a reality. 

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“We must not repeat the mistake of 2017 when the opposition joined the Legislative Assembly in dispersed order and collected only a few deputies. We need to learn from 2017. If we had not made this mistake, we would not be where we are today,” said Khalifa Ababacar Sall, leader of “Taxawu Senegal”, on the sidelines of a visit by Ousmane Sonko to the headquarters of “Taxawou Senegal” on 17 March 2021.

However, it will be necessary to convince the cadres of the Socialist Party, because there are many young people who aspire to lead the town hall of Dakar. Recall that Soham El Wardini, 65 years old, has been at the head of the Dakar City Council since 29 September 2020, elected with 64 votes out of 88 votes cast at the end of a municipal council.

       

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