Parliament strips former prime minister Aminata Touré of her seat after breaking ties with president

Archive – African Union Chairperson-in-Office and President of Senegal Macky Sall – VALERIA MONGELLI / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

Senegal’s Parliament has stripped former Prime Minister Aminata Touré, a former ally of President Macky Sall, of her seat following her estrangement from the government party and her announcement of a candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.

«I have just learned of my exclusion from the National Assembly by Macky Sall, in total violation of the law,» criticized the former prime minister through her official account on the social network Twitter.

«I am more determined than ever to continue my fight for the entrenchment of Senegalese democracy and against his attempt to achieve a third term, something that is morally and legally unacceptable,» she stressed.

The decision was taken during an emergency meeting convened by the government coalition Benno Bokk Yaakaar (BBY) to address the situation of Touré, who was head of the list of this grouping in the 2022 legislative elections.

Touré, who left the bloc to become an independent MP in the new Parliament, did not notify her «resignation», something which, according to the Constitution, would imply the withdrawal of her seat, according to the Senegalese state news agency APS.

The opposition has denounced on several occasions that the president has plans to run for a third term, although Sall has ruled out that he will opt for this route. The Senegalese Constitution limits the total number of terms to two and an attempt to extend his stay in power could lead to instability.