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Senegal opposition leader backs off promise to create national currency

SENEGAL will seek to implement a reform of the West Africa region’s CFA franc currency at a regional level first and if that fails, will consider creating a national currency, opposition leader Ousmane Sonko said.

Speaking at a joint press conference with presidential candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye a day after they were both released from jail, Sonko’s comments seemed aimed at easing concerns after their election campaign, which promised to introduce the new currency if Faye wins.

Faye is one of the main candidates in Senegal’s March 24 presidential election. He is backed by the popular firebrand Sonko, who was disqualified from the race over a defamation conviction.

“We will try implement a monetary reform at the sub-regional level first,” Sonko said. “If that fails, we will make a decision as a nation.”


Sonko said that there is a widespread view that the CFA franc currency, pegged to the euro and used by eight countries of the West Africa Monetary Union, hampers economic development in the region, and there was a need to look at other options.

“There’s no sovereignty if there is no monetary sovereignty,” said Faye, speaking at the same press conference.

By The African Mirror