Macky Sall was to announce his favorite for the 2024 presidential election on Friday. In the end, we will have to wait. Behind the scenes, there is no consensus for the moment.
After the choice of withdrawal, that of the dolphin. Macky Sall, Senegalese President, during his historic speech, announced that he would not participate in the presidential election of 2024. Last Friday, the Senegalese, whether on the side of the presidential party or the opposition, were waiting for the name of the person who would represent the Alliance for the Republic. But on the move, the president ultimately decided to postpone his announcement.
In the meantime, according to the Senegalese press, we were able to attend a very special ballet at the presidential palace. The potential candidates have indeed paraded one by one, from Amadou Bâ to Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, passing by Aly Ngouille Ndiaye or Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr. With the Prime Minister who would hold the rope: Amadou Bâ is indeed the natural candidate, by virtue of his function. Problem: several executives of the majority are at least refractory to the idea.
In reality, Macky Sall will have a hard time imposing a candidate who will achieve consensus within the Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition. While Idrissa Seck has, for example, already left the coalition to announce her candidacy, other executives are reluctant to do the same. It is now up to Macky Sall to keep BBY united and to impose his choice as the best solution for victory.
A hard-to-find consensus
And this role, the president has every interest in taking it seriously. Hence the time taken by Macky Sall who, while he certainly has a very specific idea in mind, sought the ultimate consensus or, at the very least, to convince. On this will depend the survival of the Alliance for the Republic. Sall has every interest that his dolphin is accepted and that a primary is not organized.
Beyond this hoped-for consensus, Macky Sall's support is mandatory for Amadou Bâ, Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo and Aly Ngouille Ndiaye who, without support, risk being eliminated from the presidential race. Macky Sall will indeed have to commit and campaign alongside the nominated candidate, who will then be able to benefit from the current president's record. "The BBY candidate will also need a real electoral machine at his side," says an observer of Senegalese political life. While waiting to announce the name of his runner-up, Macky Sall is certainly trying to impose it internally.
Lobbying work that therefore takes a few days longer than expected. But the president will still have to think about making his announcement in the days to come. Because with the delay taken by the Alliance for the Republic, it is necessary to campaign as quickly as possible throughout the country. And try to counter an opposition for the moment very noisy and determined.