Religions and political parties in Senegal (1980–2018)

Authored by: El Hadji Samba Amadou Diallo

The Routledge Handbook to Religion and Political Parties

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138500464
eBook ISBN: 9781351012478
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The chapter provides examples of political stability for the consolidation of democracy, especially in the context of organising elections, in the context of Senegal. In addition, it offers examples of institutional instability that contribute to deconsolidating Senegal’s democracy, notably by frequent constitutional changes, with the aim of pushing the opposition parties out of the circles of power. The chapter shows that in this context, religious leaders can help to consolidate or deconsolidate democracy, depending on their interests and the nature of the ongoing election (presidential, legislative, senatorial, local, etc.) or the significance of the laws passed by the state.

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