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Senegal’s Cabinet Approves Amnesty Law Amidst Political Crisis

Senegal's cabinet approves amnesty law amid political crisis sparked by election postponement; reactions mixed; President to review national dialogue report.

This week, the cabinet of Senegal gave its nod to an amnesty law during a session held on Wednesday evening. This development comes on the heels of a proposal put forth during the inauguration of a national dialogue led by President Macky Sall.

The dialogue was convened to address the ongoing crisis in the country, which stemmed from the postponement of the presidential election, as announced by the head of state.

President Macky Sall, reiterating his dedication to resolving the crisis, declared the adoption of a general amnesty law about “incidents related to political protests” dating back to 2021. This decision follows a period marked by protests, leading to numerous arrests, casualties, and extensive property damage.

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However, the law must first secure approval from the National Assembly to become effective. As of now, a specific date has yet to be announced for this legislative process. Despite its aim to promote reconciliation, the amnesty law has encountered mixed reactions, encountering opposition from both the opposition and the ruling coalition.

In addition to the amnesty law, President Macky Sall revealed plans to review the report from the national dialogue during a scheduled audience on Monday, March 4th.

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