West Africa is teetering towards instability and de facto military rule. The continent and its friends need to act fast to rein in the military juntas and restore civilian democracy before it is too late.

On Saturday, Senegal President Macky Sall announced that presidential elections, which he is not allowed to contest in terms of the provisions of the country’s constitution — are to be postponed. His stated reason is the need to resolve a dispute between the judges who oversee elections in Senegal and opposition parties, which accuse the judiciary of malfeasance. He also wants to have a parallel talk shop to resolve political grievances...

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