Senegal opposition leader to supporters: Defend your votes by any means

A Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko has called on supporters to be ready to defend their votes by any means, accusing the ruling party of President Macky Sall of wanting to steal a legislative election the opposition claims to have won.

Official results of Sunday’s vote are expected on Thursday, but both Sall’s ruling party, Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY), and the opposition have claimed victory, citing partial results.

“Macky Sall wants to confiscate our victory but we will not accept it,” opposition leader Ousmane Sonko of the coalition Yewwi Askane Wi (YAW) said at a news conference.

“I am asking the Senegalese people to defend their votes by all means.”

In response, Cabinet minister and ruling party member Abdoulaye Seydou Sow said “these threats are unacceptable.”


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