There are narrow victories likely to herald future defeats. Since the legislative elections of July 31, the presidential coalition Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) has been faced with an unprecedented situation since Macky Sall’s first election in 2012.
Hounded by the inter-coalition of the opposition bringing together Yewwi The ashes Wi (YAW) and Wallu Senegal, the presidential movement has indeed seen the lead it had held for a decade melt away. Far from the overwhelming majority obtained in the National Assembly in 2012 and then in 2017, BBY must now be satisfied with an advantage so tenuous that it could augur a shift in the balance of power during the sixteen months that separate the Senegalese from the next presidential election, scheduled for February 2024.
Legislative in Senegal: the opposition achieves a historic breakthrough
Never, since the 1983 elections (the first multi-party legislative elections since independence), has the ruling party or coalition had known such an insult. In turn, the Socialist Party (PS), the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) then BBY (since 2012) had indeed systematically rolled the opposition at each of these elections. Let us judge: 111 seats out of 120 in 1983; 103 seats out of 120 in 1988; 84 seats out of 120 in 1993; 93 seats out of 141 in 1998; 89 seats out of 120 in 2001; 131 seats out of 150 in 2007; 119 seats out of 150 in 2012; and 125 seats out of 165 in 2017.