He pledged to hold talks to try to organize the vote as soon as possible.

Violent protests have taken place in Senegal amid warnings of authoritarian overreach in one of coup-hit West Africa's more stable democracies since a bill pushed back the February 25th contest and plunged the country into electoral uncertainty.

Thursday Senegal's Constitutional Council ruled the decision to delay the election was unlawful.

Opposition figures, including Khalifa Sall - who is not related to the president - have welcomed the council's ruling.

Some have called for the election to take place before April 2, when President Sall's mandate expires.

He has reached the constitutional limit of two terms in power and is not running for reelection.

Sall said he delayed the vote due to a dispute over the candidate list and alleged corruption within the constitutional council that approved it.

The council has denied the accusations.