Senegal opposition leader faces rape trial next month

SENEGAL’s embattled opposition leader Ousmane Sonko will go on trial for alleged rape on May 16, his accuser’s lawyer El Hadji Diouf said today, confirming media reports.

A firebrand speaker who came third in Senegal’s presidential election in 2019, Sonko has enjoyed a rapid political rise thanks in part to his popularity with young people and has declared himself a candidate for the 2024 elections.