BRIEF: Senegal’s opposition rejects Obasanjo proposal

he opposition parties in Senegal have rejected a proposal by Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, urging President Abdoulaye Wade step down after two years, if he wins the election scheduled for Sunday, 26 February.

Instead, the coalition of the opposition politicians called for fresh elections without President Abdoulaye Wade within nine months, on the eve of polls in which the incumbent is seeking a highly disputed third term.

“The parties commit to organising a presidential election in which Wade will not take part, within six to nine months,” read a statement from the June 23 Movement of opposition parties and civil society.

M23 said it had examined a proposal made by Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo that if 85-year-old Wade wins the elections he will retire after two years in office.

- via PM News

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