The Africa Liberal Network has followed with close attention the socio-political situation in Senegal, centred around the debate on the proposed constitutional amendment creating “a presidential ticket (President and Vice-President) and the introduction of quarter threshold, which would lead to the election of the President of the Republic with only 25% of the vote.”
In this serious crisis, Dr Mamadou Lamine Bâ, Minister in the Office of the President of the Republic resposible for International and Humanitarian Affairs, additionally President of the Africa Liberal Network and Vice-President of Liberal International, did not hesitate to take a stand and opposed the implementation of this controversial project.
Soon afterwards, Dr Mamadou Lamine Bâ was removed from his ministerial duties.
The Africa Liberal Network:
– Welcomes the reconsideration of President Wade, who finally withdrew the controversial bill in Senegal to avoid a break with the democratic values which his Senegalese Democratic Party, member of the Africa Liberal Network and of Liberal International, has contributed to Africa.
– Request President Abdoulaye Wade to be lenient and understanding of
Dr Mamadou Lamine Bâ who treasures dearly liberal values such as freedom of expression, and who could not ignore the principles of liberalism which he has always promoted in international organizations where he represents the PDS
– Wishes that Senegal, under the leadership of its member party, the PDS, preserve at all costs the democracy which has enabled the country to avoid the dramatic conflicts which have unfortunately blighted several countries in the subregion, delaying their path to sustainable development.
Abidjan, 18 July 2011
For the ALN, Vice President
Responsible for West Africa
Ms. KABA FOFANA