Considered among the most stable of African countries for not having had a coup and transferring power bloodlessly three times, Senegal 🇸🇳 has frayed badly recently with the over-reacrion by the government to the leader of the opposition, Ousmane Sonko, a former civil servant.

Again Opposition International raises a warning that the increased technology of surveillance and censorship has stoked government’s into clearly non-democratic behaviour. Democracy is at risk if governments cannot control its urge to spy and harrass.

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ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal – May 24, 2023: Opposition leader and 2024 presidential candidate Ousmane Sonko meets supporters protesting against his rape trial.
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Aljeezera Reort on PASTEF Dissolution

Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko faces charges of fomenting insurrection as interior ministry says his PASTEF party has been dissolved.

Police are deployed to calm protests after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko’s detention in Dakar, Senegal on July 31, 2023 [Ngouda Dione/Reuters]
Published On 31 Jul 202331 Jul 2023

“Senegal’s interior ministry has dissolved the political party of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko for rallying supporters into stoking unrest during violent protests last month, as demonstrators clashed with police in the capital Dakar.

According to a decree signed by Interior Minister Antoine Felix Abdoulaye Diome, the government accused the party leaders of “frequently calling on its supporters to insurrectional movements, which has led to serious consequences, including loss of life, many wounded, as well as acts of looting of public and private property”.

“The latest are the serious disturbances to public order recorded during the first week of June 2023, after those of March 2021,” the decree said.”