A former Senegalese prime minister has accused President Macky Sall of “behaving like a 90-year-old African autocrat, which we wont accept”.
“Twelve years ago we were together in the street fighting against the third term of President [Abdoulaye] Wade – and so here he is doing exactly the same action that he used to fight against,” ex-Prime Minister Aminata Touré told BBC Newsday.
An emergency meeting is under way in Nigeria, as West African leaders seek a solution to the political crisis in Senegal.
Friday’s Ecowas summit comes a week after President Macky Sall announced that the upcoming presidential election would be postponed.
On Monday, riot police fired teargas to break up protestors trying to gather outside Senegal’s national assembly. Opposition candidates say the change violates the constitution and are enlisting unions, religious leaders and civil society to campaign against the delay.