Senegal’s Political Landscape Shaken: OUSMANE SONKO’s Hospitalization


According To African News, Senegal opposition leader Ousmane Sonko has been admitted to the hospital Sonko has been on hunger strike since he was arrested after a two-year standoff with the government. Aides and one of his lawyers said he was admitted to a hospital emergency on Sunday in Dakar.

Mr Sonko’s lawyers, Ciré Clédor Ly, confirmed this, without commenting on his condition. Mr Sonko, 49, went on hunger strike on 30th July, two days after his arrest. A declared presidential candidate in February 2024, he has been waging a fierce battle with the authorities since 2021, when the courts implicated him in a sex scandal that he denounces as a plot to eliminate him politically.

After several episodes of deadly popular protest and two successive convictions for defamation and

“corruption of youth”,

He was imprisoned on Monday on various charges, including calling for insurrection, criminal association in connection with a terrorist undertaking and undermining state security. The authorities announced the dissolution of his party on the same day.

Mr Ciré Clédor Ly confirmed that Mr Sonko had written to the courts from prison last week to say that he did not accept his conviction, which his lawyers said was a necessary condition for the judgment to be quashed and a new trial held. The prosecutor, Abdou Karim Diop, denied the day after his arrest that this meant he was no longer in absentia.

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