Senegalese opposition protests against potential third-term bid by President Sall.

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Senegalese opposition protests against potential third-term bid by President Sall.
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Hundreds of Senegalese opposition supporters and civil society activists gathered in a square in the capital, Dakar, on Friday to protest a potential third-term bid by the country's president, Macky Sall.

The protests were triggered by fears that Sall may seek to run for a third term in office, which would contravene the country's constitution.

The new constitution, adopted in 2016, limits presidential terms to two five-year mandates. However, Sall has not confirmed or denied he plans to run.

“Macky Sall is done. He must not seek a third term. We'll not accept it – not today, not tomorrow,” said Ibrahima Lo, a trader from the southern town of Kaolack, who joined the protest in the capital.

The opposition has also accused Sall's government of using the judicial machinery to target potential challengers, including leading opposition firebrand Ousmane Sonko, 48, who placed third in the 2019 presidential election.

Sonko is on trial in two separate cases that could disqualify him from the 2024 presidential race.

A court of appeal handed him a heavier suspended sentence on May 8 in a libel case against 's tourism minister.

A separate trial is scheduled to start on Tuesday in which he is charged with raping a beauty salon employee in 2021 and making death threats against her. Sonko has denied both allegations.

His legal troubles and court appearances have stirred violent protests and clashes between his supporters and security forces.

has been shaken by violent protests over a host of issues, including the fear that Sall may seek a third term in office.

The opposition has called on him to step down at the end of his current term, which expires in 2024. The government, however, has denied the opposition's accusations.

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