Senegal: Opposition leader gives “ultimatum” to president after deadly clashes

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Senegal’s main opposition leader has issued what he called an ‘ultimatum’ to President Macky Sall, urging him to release those arrested during a day of clashes that reportedly left three people dead. Violence broke out between youths and police in the capital Dakar on Friday, as officers blocked off access to the home of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. Three opposition figures were also arrested and the city’s mayor was prevented from leaving his home, Sonko’s PASTEF party spokesman said. Media and the opposition have now reported a third, collateral death from the clashes — a taxi driver shot in Ziguinchor, Casamance. … Sonko had called for protests against a decision to bar a list of candidates for Senegal’s legislative elections on July 31. The move also bans him and other opposition figures from contesting the ballot.” (06/18/22)