Senegal’s opposition leader barred from travelling

In Senegal, Ousmane Sonko is banned from leaving the country. The opponent was invited to participate in the Estates General of the ECO - the future West African currency -, a meeting to be held in Lomé, Togo next week. 

A court ruling by judge Abdoulaye Assane Thioune denied Mr Sonko permission to leave the country. What the authorities fear is that by authorizing Ousmane Sonko to leave, as he has presidential ambitions, "he is internationalizing his popularity".

Mr Sonko has an ongoing rape case and was released on condition that he stays within the country's borders.

His arrest in March sparked protests across the country with his party saying the rape allegations were political.