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Macky Sall Denounces Third Term After Deadly Protests

President Macky Sall of Senegal has announced that he will not be running for reelection in the elections scheduled for next year, putting an end to years of speculation regarding his political future. This uncertainty was one of the factors that contributed to the violent opposition demonstrations that took place last month.

On Monday, President Sall asserted, in a speech that was broadcast live on the government of Senegal’s official Facebook page, that the country’s constitution would have permitted him to run for reelection even though he was already elected to a second term in 2019.

In his address, Sall stated, “There has been a great deal of speculation and commentary regarding my eventual candidacy for this election.” “I served for a total of two terms, the most recent of which ended in 2019.”

Even though the constitution gives me the right to do so, he stated that he would not be running for office in the election that would take place on February 25, 2024. “My decision, which has been thoughtfully considered, is not to run as a candidate in the upcoming election on February 25, 2024,” he added.

President Sall’s choice is most likely to allay Senegalese citizens’ worries about a democratic regression.

Since 2021, rumors that the 61-year-old leader might try to extend his time in power have led to periods of unrest that have resulted in the deaths of scores of people, shattering Senegal’s reputation as a peaceful nation in an unstable area.

After defeating the incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade in the 2012 election for a seven-year term, Sall won the election for the first time in 2012. His victory came after Wade made the contentious choice to run for a third term, which provoked violent protests in the streets. Sall’s term will begin in January of 2019.

(ALJAZEERA)