Senegal: Ousmane Sonko announces his return to Dakar

From Ziguinchor, Ousmane Sonko announced his return to Dakar, the day after his trial for rape, which was held Tuesday in his absence. The judgement was reserved until 1 June. In this first reaction to his supporters Wednesday night, the opponent called "for the final fight".

Supporters of Ousmane Sonko block access to his home in Ziguinchor, May 22, 2023. AFP - MUHAMADOU BITTAYE

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With our correspondent in Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

Ousmande Sonko held a very determined, very offensive speech in front of young people committed to his cause at his home in Ziguinchor in the south of the country, in the Nema district surrounded for 10 days by his supporters. "Are you ready to accompany me to Dakar!" said Ousmane Sonko. "Either President Macky Sall retreats, or we will face him," warned the opponent, who said he was "ready".


We have to finish on a high note " he added. He says he wants to leave by road - Ziguinchor is nearly 500 km from the capital - without specifying a date. Ousmane Sonko who parades this Wednesday evening in the streets of his commune had retreated more than two weeks ago in Casamance. A "strategy" according to him to "buy time and remobilize the troops".

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A call for "resistance" therefore, while the judgment in his pre-rape trial is to be rendered next Thursday in this case source of unrest and violence for more than two years

During the marathon trial on Tuesday, plaintiff Adji Sarr maintained her accusations against Ousmane Sonko. He has always denounced a "plot" to exclude him from the presidential election scheduled for February. The prosecutor requested last night ten years of imprisonment for rape OR a sentence of 5 years in prison for "corruption of youth".

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