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President Sall Is Risking Senegal Stability as Gas Boom Nears, Rival Says

  • Main opposition leader faces rape charge that he refutes
  • President Sall hasn’t said whether he will seek third term
Ousmane Sonko
Ousmane SonkoPhotographer: Muhamodou Bittaye/AFP/Getty Images
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As Senegal readies for an oil and gas boom, President Macky Sall is putting the country’s stability at risk by refusing to rule out running for a third term, according to his main political challenger. 

Political tensions have risen since the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar alliance had its parliamentary majority reduced to one seat in a legislative vote in July. Ousmane Sonko, leader of the opposition African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity, or Pastef-Patriotes in French, has been charged with rape in what he says is a case designed to prevent him from running in elections next year. He’s also being sued for defamation in a lawsuit that could see him barred.