The Constitutional Council nullified a presidential decree and a law passed by parliament postponing the February 25 elections. The chief election body has ordered that elections be held “as soon as possible,” with President Macky Sall’s term set to expire on April 2
On February 3, President Macky Sall announced an indefinite suspension of the presidential election set for February 25. On February 5, after opposition deputies were forcibly removed by security forces from the parliament, the chamber voted to push the polls to December 15.
Ousmane Sonko was arrested on March 3 on charges of disrupting public order while going to court to respond to the charges of rape levelled against him. 46-year-old Sonko has denied the rape charges and alleged them to be politically motivated