The delay of the polls to December 15 has provoked domestic, regional and Western criticism. The postponement was announced by President Macky Sall and endorsed by a parliamentary alliance between the ruling Benno Bokk Yaakaar’s (BBY) coalition and the second-largest opposition party, the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS).
- Prolonged instability may challenge the military’s historic attachment to democratic institutions, increasing the coup risk.
- Political turmoil could dampen Senegal’s economic growth, projected to be among the highest in the world in 2024.
- Sall may seek to limit the number of individuals who can run for the presidency by changing candidate sponsorship rules.