Senegal votes to amend constitution, reducing presidential term

Senegal holds referendum to amend constitution and reduce presidential term from seven to five years

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Senegalese President Macky Sall prepares to vote at a polling station in his hometown Fatick, on March 20, 2016

Senegal held a referendum on Sunday over constitutional reforms including reducing presidential term from seven to five years, the interior minister said on Tuesday.

According to Interior minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, 62.9 percent voted for "“Yes” and  37.1 per cent gave a “No” vote.

The referendum results will be publicly known on Friday after Constitutional Court approval.

President Macky Sall, elected into the office in 2012, proposed a reduced term in March 2015 but was rejected by the Constitutional Court saying the decision will be made through the referendum.

Reducing his own term on the contrary to many African leaders who usually try to extent their time in power, Sall said such an action would set an example to many leaders.

Opposition parties called for a “No” vote saying that Sall recalled his promise to step down early.

The referendum included dozens of other constitutional reforms to be decided on.

TRTWorld and agencies