A former Senegalese prime minister has accused President Macky Sall of “behaving like a 90-year-old African autocrat, which we won’t accept”.

“Twelve years ago we were together in the street fighting against the third term of President [Abdoulaye] Wade – and so here he is doing exactly the same action that he used to fight against,” ex-Prime Minister Aminata Touré told BBC. 

President Macky Sall shocked the country on Saturday when he announced that the presidential election due later this month would be postponed.

On Monday, riot police fired tear gas to break up protestors trying to gather outside Senegal’s National Assembly. Opposition candidates say the change violates the constitution and are enlisting unions, religious leaders and civil society to campaign against the delay.


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