Senegal protests – level 2

06-06-2023 15:00

Tensions rise in Senegal as opposition leader Ousmane Sonko got two years in prison. Sonko is very popular among young people and he came third in the 2019 election.

Sonko’s supporters said that the charges were meant to stop him from running in the upcoming elections. Protests resulted in nine dead people and unrest. Many people criticize President Macky Sall. They say that he doesn’t govern the country well and he doesn’t solve the problem of unemployment.

Sonko urged Sall to publicly say that he won’t run in the next elections. The government controls social media, and Sonko’s eligibility for the 2024 election is unclear because of the charges.

Difficult words: charge (when someone formally accuses another person of something), unrest (when many people are angry and fighting), unemployment (when people don’t have work), eligibility (when someone has the right to do or get something).

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