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Senegal parliament to debate election delay after police disperse protests

Written by on February 5, 2024

Deputies in Senegal’s parliament will meet Monday to consider the postponement of presidential elections announced by President Macky Sall, a move that has plunged the country into crisis.

They met after a day of violent street protests in the capital Dakar — during which at least one senior opposition figure was arrested — and growing international concern.

On Sunday, the government ordered a private television broadcaster off the air for “incitement to violence” over its coverage of the protests, another sign of the mounting political tension in the country.

Opposition leaders have used the term “constitutional coup” to describe the current situation, which they say is an assault on democracy.

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