Senegal. In January, more than 900 people were arrested
and interrogated after hotels in Burkina Faso and Mali were
attacked by Islamist terrorists. According to
countryaah, the measures were said to
have been implemented for security reasons but were not
alleged to be related to any terrorism.
In March, a shortening of the president's term in a
referendum was approved. As of the 2019 elections, the
president is allowed to sit for five years against the
previous seven. The month before, the Supreme Court rejected
the incumbent President Macky Sall's request that his term
of office also be shortened.
A shortage of goods arose in February on both sides of
the Senegal-Gambia border. The border was blocked by truck
drivers who parked their vehicles to prevent all commercial
traffic. The reason was Gambia's decision to double the fees
for trucks crossing the border. Only after negotiations
between the governments of the countries was the blockade
lifted at the end of May.
The same month, the former Chad dictator, Hissène Habré,
was sentenced to life imprisonment by a specially
established court in Senegal's capital Dakar. According to
the judgment, Habré is liable to the death of 40,000 people
during his reign in 1982-90 and he was therefore convicted
of crimes against humanity. In July, those affected by abuse
during Habré's regime were awarded compensation of
approximately SEK 300,000. The dictator appealed the verdict
but a new trial was not expected to begin until sometime in
2017. The court has been ordered by the African Union.
In June, corruption convicted Karim Wade, son of former
President Abdoulaye Wade, was pardoned by President Sall. In
October, Sall's brother, Aliou Sall, resigned as head of the
partially state-owned oil company Timis after being accused