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Senegal’s President rejects blame in delayed poll that sparked chaos

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Senegal’s President Macky Sall has rejected criticisms over his role in the country’s delayed presidential election that sparked chaos.

The election was to have been held last month but was postponed by Sall who cited a potential chaos after some candidates were excluded from the race.

The country’s parliament subsequently decided to reschedule the election to December, extending President Sall’s mandate beyond April 2.

But Senegal’s top court ruled that, the proposal to hold the vote after Sall’s mandate expires on April 2 was unconstitutional.

The election would now take place on Sunday but Macky Sall told the BBC he can’t be blamed for the crisis.

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“All the actions that have been taken have been within the framework of the law and rules,” he said.

Since gaining independence in 1960, Senegal hasn’t experienced a delayed presidential election.

Sall’s decision to delay the poll sparked criticisms across Africa with concerns it could plunge Senegal into democratic crisis.

The Constitutional Council ruled that an earlier proposal from a national dialogue commission for the vote to be held on June 2 was not in line with the constitution.

“No legal or judicial institution has questioned or cast any doubt on the sincerity of actions that were taken”, Sall claimed.

Sunday’s election would have 18 candidates with the ruling coalition picking Amadou Ba, 62, a former prime minister and finance minister as its candidate.

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