Senegal ruling party claims victory in legislative elections

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Senegal President Macky Sall’s ruling coalition says it won 30 of the country’s 46 administrative departments, giving it a majority in parliament following Sunday’s legislative election.

President Macky Sall’s ruling coalition claimed victory in Senegal’s legislative elections but the opposition rejected the assertion as a “prefabricated majority”.

“We won 30 departments” out of the 46 in the west African country and overseas constituencies, Aminata Toure, head of the presidential coalition, told reporters late on Sunday.

“This undoubtedly gives us a majority in the National Assembly.”

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“We have given a majority in the National Assembly to our coalition president”, Sall, she added, without giving the number of seats won by her camp or whether it was an absolute or relative majority.

Toure however acknowledged her coalition had been defeated in the capital Dakar in Sunday’s vote.

The opposition was swift in rejecting Toure’s claims.

Barthelemy Dias, a leader of the main opposition coalition headed by former presidential candidate Ousmane Sonko, spoke of “vulgar lies” and a “prefabricated majority” on private radio RFM.

The opposition had hoped the elections would impose a cohabitation, or divided government, on Sall and curb any ambitions he may have for a third term.