During an intervention broadcast on social networks, Ousmane Sonko calls on the Senegalese to “go out massively” on the eve of an address to the nation by President Macky Sall.
The opponent Ousmane Sonko, sentenced a month to two years ago in prison, called on the Senegalese to “come out massively” in the coming days, on the eve of an address to the nation by President Macky Sall who must say he will be a candidate for a third presidential term in 2024.
“We must come out to confront the regime of Macky Sall and say that it will not be up to him to choose the candidates who will have to compete for the next presidential election”, he declared Sunday evening during an intervention on social networks.
The conviction of the opponent in a case of morals, which makes him in the current state ineligible, caused at the beginning of June the most serious disturbances for years in Senegal, killing 16 people according to the authorities, 24 according to Amnesty international and 30 according to the opposition.
Ousmane Sonko has constantly shouted at the plot of power to exclude him from the presidential election of February 2024, which the power refutes. He has been blocked by the security forces at his home in Dakar, “kidnapped” according to him, since May 28.
“I call for a national leap”
Macky Sall was elected in 2012, re-elected in 2019. He had the Constitution revised in 2016. It stipulates that “no one may serve more than two consecutive terms”. His supporters present him as their candidate in 2024, arguing that the revision has reset the counters to zero.
According to the opponent, if the president does not show up, it will be to better eliminate him politically and relaunch the judicial machine and “this is not acceptable”. In case of arrest, “I call on all the Senegalese people to stand up as one man and come out massively and this time to put an end to this criminal regime”.
If the president shows up, “I believe it’s incumbent on all the Senegalese people to stand up, to face him,” he said. “If we have to fight a fight, it must be definitive. I call for a national leap forward. The days and weeks to come will be crucial,” he added.
Source: BFM TV