Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Senegalese gas scandal.
A high-profile scandal implicating President Macky Sall's brother Aliou continues to prompt controversy. A BBC documentary aired last month alleging an improper relationship between controversial Romanian-Australian businessman Frank Timis and Aliou surrounding offshore natural gas field licences.
- The scandal may dent Senegal’s democratic credentials but is unlikely to dampen overall interest in the burgeoning oil and gas sector.
- Concerns will mount that Sall is gradually instituting a form of ‘civil authoritarianism’, with a growing clampdown on dissent.
- The youthful Ousmane Sonko, who placed third in the February elections, could use the scandal to bolster his anti-corruption credentials.
- Fears may grow that Sall could ultimately pursue a third-term bid, using a new 2016 constitution as his validation.