Senegal: Presidential Elections 2019 - The Shining Example of Democratic Transition Immersed in Muddy Power-Politics

17 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2019 Last revised: 13 Apr 2019

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Dirk Kohnert

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs

Laurence Marfaing

University of Hamburg - GIGA Institute of African Affairs

Date Written: March 11, 2019

Abstract

Whereas Senegal has long been sold as a showcase of democracy in Africa, including peaceful political alternance, things apparently changed fundamentally with the Senegalese presidentials of 2019 that brought new configurations. One of the major issues was political transhumance that has been elevated to the rank of religion in defiance of morality. It threatened political stability and peace. In response, social networks of predominantly young activists, created in 2011 in the aftermath of the Arab Spring focused on grass-roots advocacy with the electorate on good governance and democracy. They proposed a break with a political system that they consider as neo-colonialist. Moreover, Senegal’s justice is frequently accused to be biased, and the servility of the Constitutional Council which is in the first place an electoral court has often been denounced.

Keywords: Senegal, presidential elections, governance, political change, political transhumance, social networks, West Africa, WAEMU, ECOWAS, civic agency

JEL Classification: N17, N37, N97, O17, O35, P16, Z13

Suggested Citation

Kohnert, Dirk and Marfaing, Laurence, Senegal: Presidential Elections 2019 - The Shining Example of Democratic Transition Immersed in Muddy Power-Politics (March 11, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3350710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3350710

Dirk Kohnert (Contact Author)

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs ( email )

German Inst. of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
D-20354 Hamburg
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://dirk2011.jimdo.com/

Laurence Marfaing

University of Hamburg - GIGA Institute of African Affairs ( email )

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, 20354
Germany

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