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Calm returns to Senegal after days of violence that claimed 16 lives

Calm has now returned to most streets of Senegal’s capital, Dakar after days of violence following the jailing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. His supporters first clashed with the police on Thursday, after Sonko was convicted of “corrupting youth”. On Saturday, the clashes continued into the evening. In residential neighbourhoods, protesters threw rocks at police, barricaded roads and burned tyres.… Read More
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At least 9 killed in violent protests over the jailing of Senegal’s Sonko

At least nine people were killed in clashes between riot police and supporters of Senegal’s opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko on Thursday. Protests erupted after Sonko was jailed by a court for “corrupting young people” which consists of poaching or encouraging the debauchery of a young person under the age of 21. The opposition figure has been facing trial on charges of rape,… Read More
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Senegal’s opposition leader jailed for “corrupting young people”

Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko has been sentenced to two years in prison by a court for “corrupting young people.” The “corruption of youth”, consists of poaching or encouraging the debauchery of a young person under the age of 21. It is an offence under Senegalese law. The opposition figure has been facing trial on charges of rape, but he was… Read More
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Senegal: Opposition leader Sonko to face rape trial

The opposition leader in Senegal, Ousmane Sonko is to face trial on charges of rape, an investigating judge has said. The case has now been referred to Senegal’s criminal chamber for trial. Sonko is also facing trial for making death threats to a beauty salon employee in 2021. Sonko is accused of sexually assaulting the woman who worked in a… Read More
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Senegal: National mourning declared after bus crash kills 40

Senegal is observing three days of National Day of Mourning starting on Monday following the death of at least 40 people. They were killed in central Senegal after two buses collided on Sunday. About 80 were wounded in the crash as well. President Macky Sall said in statement that he was “profoundly saddened” by the accident and announced three days… Read More
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Senegal’s president under pressure not to seek third term

– – Senegalese president Macky Sall is coming under intense pressure not to seek a third term in office. Mr. Sall was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2019 for a second term but he hasn’t yet made it public and emphatic whether he will seek another term or exit the presidency. The Constitution stipulates that a president cannot serve… Read More
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AU chairman calls for lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe

– – The African Union chairman and president of Senegal President Macky Sall has called for the lifting of sanctions placed on Zimbabwe. Mr. Sall told the 77th UN General Assembly in New York that current sanctions against Zimbabwe were destructive and aggravating the suffering of citizens. For over two decades Zimbabwe has struggled to rebuild its economy and sanctions… Read More
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Senegal President declares public holiday after AFCON win

– – Senegal’s President Macky Sall has declared Monday a public holiday to celebrate the senior national football team’s win at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). The team on Sunday evening beat Egypt on penalties to win the 2021 edition of the competition held in Cameroon. Sadio Mane of Senegal started the game with a penalty miss but scored… Read More
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Senegal’s opposition urges more protests against President Sall

– – Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko has called for more protests against President Macky Sall after he was released from detention. He was charged with rape in court on Monday and then released on bail amid clashes between his supporters and security officials. Sonko who was addressing his supporters lashed out at President Sall whom he accuses of… Read More
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The protests in Senegal are not just about a rape charge

– – The protests taking place across Senegal were initially reported to have been sparked by the arrest of an opposition leader but there seems to be more to it. At least four people have been killed amid the protests that started last week when opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested. Sonko appeared in court on Friday on rape charges… Read More