The Head of State received, last Friday, a delegation of civil society. The opportunity to address several points following a complicated week, marked by the events that followed the arrest of the opponent Ousmane Sonko.
According to the newspaper Les Echos, the issues of the third term, amnesty for Karim Wade and Khalifa Sall or the release of political prisoners in the case of Ousmane Sonko were on the agenda of the exchanges.
Macky Sall would have told his hosts that he did not accept to be required to do anything. « As head of state, I can not accept that something is required of me. We can discuss and find solutions, but the state must remain strong, » he said, according to the general news daily.
« WHEN WE ARE SUMMONED BY THE COURTS, WE MUST GO AND ANSWER ».
In another register, President Sall would have hammered to his interlocutors that the debate on the third term would only be maintained by opponents: « Stop this debate and let’s work. I have never said that I will serve a third term. « Then, about Karim Wade and Khalifa Sall, he said he was very open to go in the direction of an amnesty, which would allow them to return to the political game. What about the respect of the electoral calendar, another point of divergence with the political class? Macky Sall asserts, in this regard, that « the state cannot, every 10 or 12 months, organize elections.
A speech that sounds like a response to the exit of Sonko who, on the day of his indictment followed by a placement under judicial supervision, demanded, by the grace of a balance of power that he considered in his favor, a respect for the electoral calendar. As regards Sonko, Macky Sall threw a stone in the garden of his most radical opponent, without mentioning him by name but with a clear allusion: « When someone is summoned by the justice system, he must answer. Wade, Idrissa Seck and I did it. « The person concerned will appreciate…