Senegal Strips Immunity From Opposition Leader Accused of Rape

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Senegal’s national assembly stripped immunity from a prominent opposition leader facing rape allegations, according to a broadcast of the parliament sitting by Dakar-based RFM radio Friday.

Ousmane Sonko, 46, is now expected to face criminal charges after a beautician accused him of rape. The lawmaker denied the accusations in a Feb. 7 Facebook post, in which he had also invoked his parliamentary immunity.

Sonko, who came third in the West African nation’s 2019 presidential election with 15.7% of the votes, is considered Senegal’s most prominent opposition figure. Former Prime Minister Idrissa Seck, who was second, has since joined President Macky Sall’s government.

Senegal Strips Immunity From Opposition Leader Accused of Rape

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