The presidential coalition claimed victory in the legislative elections organized this Sunday, July 31 in Senegal. A success contested by the opposition, which speaks of a “prefabricated majority”.
“We won 30 departments” out of the 46 in Senegal, and constituencies abroad. “This undoubtedly gives us a majority in the National Assembly”, declared Sunday evening to the press Aminata Touré, head of the list of the presidential coalition. “We gave a majority in the National Assembly to our coalition president [Macky Sall] “, she added, without giving the number of deputies obtained by her camp or specifying whether it was a relative or absolute majority. However, she acknowledged the defeat of her coalition in Dakar.
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The reply was quick to fuse on the side of the opposition. Barthélémy Dias, one of the leaders of the Yewwi askan wi coalition, spoke of “vulgar lies” and “prefabricated majority” on private radio RFM.
“Cohabitation is inevitable. You lost this election at the national level. We will not accept it. This forfeiture will not pass, ”he said, without giving a figure. The opposition has said that it wants to use these elections to impose cohabitation au President Macky Sall, who hopes to retain a large majority.
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These legislative elections are a test after local elections in January, in which the opposition won in major cities such as Dakar, Ziguinchor and Thiès. The legislative elections, in a single round, aim to renew for five years the 165 seats of the unicameral Parliament hitherto largely controlled by the presidential camp.
Macky Sall has promised to appoint a Prime Minister – a post he had abolished and then restored in December 2021 – within the victorious formation.
Some seven million Senegalese were called to the polls for this ballot which took place without major incidents, and whose participation was 22% at the national level Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (local and GMT), according to the ministry. of Interior.