For him, the next fifteen months promise to be perilous. Undoubtedly more than the ten years that have elapsed since his election as President of the Republic. A stone’s throw from the end of his second term, Macky Sall will indeed have to take into account the warnings received in recent months and slalom between the pitfalls if he wants to reach the presidential election in February 2024 in the best possible conditions for him and his party.
For a long time, the Head of State will have dominated the various elections, with a presidential coalition bringing together four of the six main parties in the country. In 2017, during the legislative elections, Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) thus obtained an absolute majority in the National Assembly (125 seats out of 165). And in 2019, Macky knocked out his presidential opponents in the first round (58.26%).
But in 2022, the scenario has changed. Repeatedly postponed, the local elections (dedicated to the appointment of mayors and departmental councillors) resulted, on 23 January, by a much more mixed record for the presidential movement. While it is true that Benno Bokk Yakaar was able to claim a large majority of local authorities won, this figure should not be misleading: in several key bastions, from Dakar to Thiès via Guédiawaye or Ziguinchor, the opposition took the lion’s share.
As confided then to JA Ndiaga Sylla, the managing director of the electoral expertise firm Ceelect, “although it is true that the BBY coalition won a large majority of electoral constituencies, it did not obtain an absolute majority, however. national level, in number of votes”.
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