Supporters of the embattled former Mayor of Dakar said he must be sworn-in following his victory in the fiercely contested parliamentary polls.
Khalifa Sall is currently remanded by Senegalese authorities pending his trial on allegations of corruption in the city government.
He is accused swindling $2.9 million and faces charges of fraud, criminal conspiracy, and money laundering. He denies any wrongdoing and says his arrest is politically motivated.
A law professor at the Sheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar backed the calls of the Khalifa Sall supporters saying he has to be sworn-in because he has not been convicted by any court of law.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall [no relation] is accused of targeting Khalifa, a potential presidential contender and a strong critic of his regime.
The opposition says President Sall has been targeting his opponents and using corruption allegations to suppress opposition to his rule.
Sall Benno Bok Yakarr coalition won a majority of the polls in last month’s legislative polls, an affirmation that he will likely to win the presidential elections.