Senegal’s Constitutional Council has just confirmed the list of presidential election candidates which it published on Friday, 27 January. France regrets the fact that not all political affiliations could be represented. Furthermore, she will examine with the utmost attention the observations the EU mission makes regarding the process to validate these candidatures.
We are extremely concerned by the detention of members of M23 [opposition June 23 Movement], and particularly the detention on 28 January of its spokesman, Mr Alioune Tine, who is also President of the African Meeting for the Defence of Human Rights (RADDHO). In the face of multiple arrests, France reaffirms her commitment to respect for the judicial process and the rights of the defence. As a matter of principle, we condemn any manipulation of justice for political purposes.
The forthcoming election campaign must take place in an atmosphere of calm and be based on a plurality system. The Senegalese authorities are responsible for ensuring this. We urge all those involved to demonstrate a sense of responsibility./.