Senegal opposition figures barred from standing in parliamentary elections

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Senegal opposition figures barred from standing in parliamentary elections

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Opposition lawmaker Déthié Fall was briefly detained in June as part of what he describes as an unjust crackdown on dissent.

Opposition lawmaker Déthié Fall was briefly detained in June as part of what he describes as an unjust crackdown on dissent. © Screen grab, FRANCE 24

Text by: Sam BRADPIECE | Elimane Ndao | Sarah SAKHO

Senegalese opposition MPs including Déthié Fall of the Yewwi Askan Wi coalition have been barred from standing in Sunday’s polls, which could be an important test of the ruling party’s power. Fall was briefly detained in June as part of what he and some analysts see as a worrying sign for democracy in the country. FRANCE 24’s Sam Bradpiece, Sarah Sakho and Elimane Ndao report from Dakar.

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