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AU Commission calls for cessation of violence in Senegal



“The chairperson of the AU Commission is closely following the events in Senegal which have caused deaths. The chairperson strongly condemns such violence and calls for their immediate cessation,” the statement released by the Commission said.

Faki called on all Senegalese political actors to show restraint from acts that tarnish the image of Senegalese democracy.

The chairperson of the AU Commission also called for Senegalese authorities to respect the rights of citizens to exercise their rights of freedom of expression while also calling on Senegalese citizens to follow the rule of law.

Nine people have been killed during protests in Senegal, especially in the capital of Dakar and the southern city of Ziguinchor, which broke out following the sentencing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, Senegalese authorities said.

The Criminal Chamber of the Dakar High Court on Thursday morning sentenced Sonko to two years imprisonment for “corrupting youth.”


Source: GNA

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