On February 6, 2024, the U.S. condemned President Macky Sall’s move to postpone the presidential elections originally scheduled on February 25, 2024.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement:
“The postponement of Senegal’s presidential election puts the country on a dangerous path towards dictatorship, and must not be allowed to stand. President Macky Sall’s blatant disregard for the Senegalese constitution and flagrant disrespect for the Senegalese people’s support for democracy undermines decades of progress since independence in what was once considered one of the most reliable and vibrant democracies in Africa. President Sall must reverse this reckless decision, and ensure elections are held before the end of his constitutionally mandated term.”
According to the constitution, President Macky Sall’s term should end on April 2, 2024.