Senegal: creation of the “Fippu” front which demands a presidential election on April 2 at the latest

In Senegal, the political opposition and several major civil society platforms gathered on February 29, 2024 in a “resistance front” nicknamed “Fippu” which notably demands the holding of the presidential election before April 2, the end date term of office of President Macky Sall.

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With our correspondent in Dakar,

Théa Ollivier



, a common front which brings together large platforms of civil society and the political opposition was created on February 29, 2024 to demand the organization of the presidential election before April 2, the official date of the end of the mandate of President Macky Sall.

The head of state had postponed the election initially scheduled for February 25 despite the invalidation by the Constitutional Council and a national dialogue at the beginning of the week to try to find a way out of the political crisis, no new date has been announced for the moment.


After April 2, Senegal will remain standing and whole


In a packed room, a large majority of candidates for the presidential election paraded to the podium, alongside several civil society platforms, including Aar sunu Election (“Let's protect our election”), F24, the Front for defense of democracy and a group of academics.

Together, they created the “Fippu” front (“resistance”, in Wolof) with a common objective: to organize the vote before the end of President Macky Sall’s mandate on April 2, 2024. Thieba Camara Sy, member of civil society, launches:

“The Resistance Front is mobilizing for a massive popular front, ready to vigorously defend our constitution and guarantee the integrity of our electoral process.


The other demand is to maintain the list of 19 candidates validated by the Constitutional Council for the presidential election, of which Cheikh Tidiane Dièye is one.


We will not let Macky Sall destroy this country by leaving

,” he insists.

The issue is that he leaves in accordance with what our Constitution says.

He won't have another minute.

After April 2, Senegal will remain standing and whole


Opinion of the Constitutional Council

Earlier in the morning,

Macky Sall reaffirmed that he would leave on April 2


However, the national dialogue, boycotted by a large part of the opposition, had proposed that the vote be held on June 2 and that the head of state remains in office until the installation of his successor.

Macky Sall indicated that he would seek the opinion of the Constitutional Council on these recommendations.


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