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Parliamentary decision to remove immunity of Senegalese capital’s mayor opens way to prosecution and repeated violent demonstrations

27 November 2017


Senegal’s National Assembly approved by 125 votes to 23 on 25 November the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, opening the way for his trial on corruption charges.

Despite the wide margin in favour, the preceding debate was acrimonious and featured several bitter denouncements by allies of Sall, who is also an assembly deputy, that the ruling United in Hope (Benno Bokk Yakaar: BBY) coalition was acting illegally in removing his immunity. Sall has been in custody since 17 March, accused of misappropriating 1.83 billion West African CFA francs (USD2.85 billion) in city funds from 2011–15.

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