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Bank Group’s Country Strategy Paper for Senegal, 2016-2020
On the political front, Senegal has provided an exemplary lesson of democracy in Africa. The Presidential elections of March 2012 resulted in the accession of President Macky Sall to the country’s highest political office. The Constitutional referendum on 20 March 2016 resulted in 15 changes to the Constitution including: modernization of the role of political parties, recognition of the rights of the Opposition and its leader, restoration of the five-year Presidential term as well as promotion of local governance and territorial development. The next elections will be the legislative elections in 2017 and the Presidential elections in 2019. The threat to political stability represented by the Casamance separatist movements appears to have waned.