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Absent reaction from the EU on Senegal (updated)

(BRUSSELS2) The degenerating situation in Senegal has not yet given rise to in-depth comment at European level. The European Union " condemns in very formal terms any act of violence » explained a Commission spokesperson interviewed by B2. The EU “ calls on all parties to follow legal procedures, show restraint and work for dialogue in the interest of fair, free and peaceful elections that reflect the will of the Senegalese people " he added. But the EU refuses to go further, in particular to express itself on the position of the Constitutional Court. On January 27, the latter refused to admit certain candidates, such as the singer Youssou N'Dour, but on the contrary validated for a third term that of Abdoulaye Wade who has presided over the destiny of the country since 2000. The EU " closely follows the electoral process leading to the presidential elections” he explains. But " It is not up to the EU – at this stage – to enter into the constitutional debate in Senegal. The EU respects Senegalese institutions, and is interested in facilitating their fair, free and peaceful development.” Comment: A bit light for a situation that could get worse...

Wade needs to clear

(maj) On the American side, the State Department did not bother with such caution. Through the voice of Victoria Nuland, his spokesperson who spoke during his daily press briefing, he estimated that “ President Wade had to hand over (power) to the next generation. We think it would be best “, adding” our idea is that Senegalese democracy is strong enough to evolve into the next generation” (*). 

(*) Original text. ”Our own view, while we respect the process, the political and legal process in Senegal, the fact that he's now been cleared to run, our message to him remains the same: that the statesmanly-like thing to do would be to cede to the next generation, and we think that would be better. (…) our view is that Senegalese democracy is strong enough to move to the next generation.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

One thought on “Absent reaction from the EU on Senegal (updated)"

  • I think the EU is excellent for once. I remember Wade being “in business” when Wadde arrived, the cabinets (and the media and others) quivered with happiness, we are far from it, the same for Libya and Egypt. So if we could calm down a little on the international front and solve our many internal problems in Europe, problems which can degenerate and lead to real dramas, it would certainly be better

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