In Senegal, the Interior Ministry called for ordering the opposition political party, Pastef, led by Ousmane Sonko, who came in third in the 2019 presidential election with 15% of the vote. He was threatened with dissolution after launching an international fundraiser. A message that is controversial in the country.
as reported from Dakar, Thea Ollivier
The press release from the Interior Ministry is clear: “Any political party that receives subsidies from abroad or from foreigners established in Senegal can be dissolved.” In his view: Pastef (Senegalese patriots for work, ethics and fraternity), opposition party led by Ousmane Sonko.
Since Saturday, January 2, the political formation has launched a fundraising, especially internationally, to fund their political activities and meet Senegalese across the country. Currently, a total of 125 million CFA francs or about 192,000 euros have been collected from Senegalese in the country and from the diaspora.
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However, “political parties can not benefit from resources other than those coming from the contributions, donations and wills of their members and national sympathizers and from the profits gained from the demonstrations,” Interior Minister Antoine Félix Diome recalled in the press release. .
“It is an intimidation,” replies El Malick Ndiaye, who is in charge of the party’s communications. This campaign is legal and transparent, independent of any lobby. We will continue it until 2024 “, the activist assures. 2024 is, as a reminder, the year to come presidential elections in Senegal.