Senegal: Three judges appointed to the Constitutional Council

The Constitutional Council is now in full force with the appointment by the President of the Republic of three new members on July 27, 2021.

The Head of State appointed three new magistrates to the Constitutional Council, bringing the total number of seven Wise Men to this jurisdiction.

As well as the magistrate, Aminata Ly Ndiaye, previously First President of the Court of Appeal of Thiès, was appointed to complete the term of Bousso Diao Fall, a late member of the constitutional court.

Mamadou Badio Camara, former First President of the Supreme Court and Youssoupha Diaw Mbodj, former First Advocate General at the Supreme Court join the high court.

The Ministry of Justice indicates that Seydou Nourou Tall, Full Professor of Universities, currently member of the Constitutional Council, becomes its Vice-President.

The composition of the Constitutional Council was incomplete following the death of one of its members in January, and at the end of the terms of two others in late June.

The Constitutional Council recently rejected appeals from the opposition, so ” it can only deliberate in the presence of all its members, unless temporarily prevented by three of them at most, duly noted by the other members’ ‘, according to the organic law governing its operation.

The ruling rejecting an opposition appeal against the recent amendment to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure has thus drawn strong criticism from political actors and legal scholars.

The Constitutional Council of Senegal has been a founding member of the CJCA since May 2011.

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