CANDIDATE for the presidency of the opposition in Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, is expected to be crowned the new president of the country after the candidate of the united government, Amadou Ba, conceded defeat.

 

According to the unofficial results of the presidential election held on Sunday, Faye was leading with 53.7 percent of the vote while Ba had 36.2 percent. This is after votes from 90 percent of polling stations were counted after the first round of voting, the electoral commission said on Monday.

 

The official results are expected to be announced by the Court of Appeal on Friday this week. Earlier that day, Monday, Ba who was supported by outgoing President Macky Sall, called Faye and congratulated him, a government spokesperson told reporters. Ba is the former prime minister of the country.

 

Senegalese President Macky Sall also congratulated Faye, 44, describing his victory as “a victory for the democracy of the country of Senegal.” Sall, who did not contest after completing his constitutionally allowed two terms, also expressed satisfaction with how the election was conducted in a free and fair manner.

 

 

March 27, 2024

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