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Senegal asks citizens’ opinions on legal reforms

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DAKAR – Senegalese authorities on Thursday launched an online platform for citizens to post their opinions on judicial reform, one of the top priorities of new president Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

The “court” of justice will meet from May 28 to June 4 as part of a national dialogue process, which will bring together jurists, university professors and ordinary people through the online service called “Jubbanti”, which means reparation in the local Wolof language.

“This is part of our commitment to a more transparent, efficient and open judicial system for all,” Faye wrote on the presidency’s website.

Jubbanti works in French and Wolof.

“I invite you to use the platform sincerely and constructively,” Faye added.

“Their contributions are indispensable to building a legal system worthy of our national ambition, based on justice, transparency and accountability.”

The proposals that emerge from the court will be subject to “political arbitration,” Alassane Ndiaye, technical advisor to the Ministry of Justice, said in a press conference.

Faye, elected president at the end of March, had promised in a speech to the nation to “restore the reputation” of justice among a series of reforms for Senegal, after accusing the previous government of abusing the judicial system for political purposes.

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