In the spotlight: The Senegalese opposition alliance puts Macky Sall

Winning strategy for the opposition alliance in Senegal. The presidential camp “Benno Bokk Yakaar” only achieves a relative majority in the parliamentary elections. Once again, an alliance mechanism has just demonstrated its effectiveness in the face of power… 82 parliamentary seats for the outgoing majority in Senegal are 43 less than five years ago. Conversely, the opposition coalitions “Yewwi Askan Wi”, led by, among others, Ousmane Sonko, and “Wallu Senegal”, led by former president Abdoulaye Wade, won 56 and 24 seats respectively, i.e. 80 in total for this alliance.

“For the first time in its history, the party in power does not achieve an absolute majority”, admits the daily newspaper EnQuête. Dakar newspaper, where a former minister and close collaborator of President Macky Sall admits that it is a “defeat”. What a sign, he says, “the end of the illusion” of a third term of Macky Sall.

It is “the highest humiliation!”, launches the Senegalese newspaper 24 Hours. “Ogren Benno Bokk Yaakaar has fallen from his Olympus”, formulates this Dakar daily. Which emphasizes that Benno Bokk Yakaar “is in the minority in terms of the votes validly cast”. According to 24 Hours, “the signal from the Senegalese people is clear (…) Despite the huge armada of the state apparatus, parliamentary pitfalls await Macky Sall and his government. (…) It looks very much like an end to the solitary and narcissistic exercise of hypertrophied power ”.

It is a “dazzling breakthrough” for the opposition, admits in Burkina Faso, the daily Wakat Séra. According to this Ouagalais newspaper, these legislative elections are “in reality like the first round of the 2024 presidential election” in Senegal. “The big maneuvers are undoubtedly already underway,” says Wakat Séra.

Rwanda’s heavily documented support for M23In the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN experts confirm the presence of Rwandan troops alongside rebels in eastern DRC. “The UN is driving Rwanda down,” launches La Tempête des tropics. As this Congolese tabloid points out, the evidence of Rwanda’s support for M23 is “palpable”.

For the daily newspaper L’Avenir, there is no doubt that the UN has “dropped Rwanda”, the newspaper La République writes that this UN report comes “to crucify the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame”, reports Radio Okapi.

In France, the daily newspaper Liberation sells four pages for the publication of a very detailed report in the eastern part of the DRC which “throws back in the war of the hills”. And Libé emphasizes that the M23 rebellion is well and truly “supported by Rwanda”.

What, in any case, “bring water to the mill of the authorities in Kinshasa”, admits Ouagalais newspaper Le Pays, wondering why the DRC is “the object of so much external aggression, especially from its neighbors?”. According to Le Pays, the DRC “has always been the object of greed, so that some of its leaders have been victims of an international conspiracy that has cost them their lives. The most edifying case is that of Patrice Lumumba”, recalls Le Pays.

Ivorian Independence Day, with or without Bédié and GbagboIn Côte d’Ivoire, celebrations marking the 62nd anniversary of the country’s independence are going well this Sunday in Yamoussoukro, the capital. But will ex-presidents Bédié and Gbagbo be there? That is the whole question.

While waiting for the military parades scheduled for that day, whose final adjustments are scheduled for today, the newspaper L’Intelligent d’Abidjan noted on the spot that “everything is in the colors of the national flag ‘Orange-White-Green ‘ (…) Loin cloths and polo shirts to celebrate independence are hitting like hot cakes”.

But on the sidelines of these celebrations, part of the Ivorian press is wondering if President Ouattara will announce measures to encourage national reconciliation. This is, for example, the case with the daily Dernière Heure Monde, which presents to its readers “the” good news “that we expect from Ouattara”. With, as the key, the presence – or not – of ex-presidents Henri Konan Bédié and Laurent Gbagbo, on Sunday, in Yamoussoukro.

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