The 2012 Legislative Elections in Senegal


Kelly, Catherine. 2013. “The 2012 Legislative Elections in Senegal.” Electoral Studies. Electoral Studies. Copy at

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Jun 3, 2013


On July 1, 2012, Senegal held legislative elections to select all 150 members of the twelfth National Assembly, the lower chamber—and the only fully elected one—in this West African country of approximately twelve million people. The legislative elections followed a hotly contested presidential election in which Abdoulaye Wade, president over the last twelve years, sought a controversial third term and lost by a historic margin. Wade and other leaders of his Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) sought a legislative majority that would force the new president, Macky Sall, into cohabitation.

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