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Anti-System Candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye on the Brink of Victory in Senegal’s First Round Presidential Elections

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Opposition candidate closing in on win in Senegal elections

Senegalese anti-system candidate, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, appeared to be on the verge of victory in the first round of the country’s presidential elections on Sunday night. This comes after years of social unrest and political crisis in Senegal. Several other candidates running for president congratulated Faye on his apparent lead in the vote count.

The election was initially postponed, leading to unrest and violence, but was rescheduled for March 24th. Nearly 7.3 million people were eligible to vote in the election to choose the successor to outgoing President Macky Sall. Ba and Faye emerged as the frontrunners among the 17 candidates in the race.

Senegal is considered one of the most stable countries in the region, but recent political turmoil and violence have tested its democracy. The country may face a runoff if no candidate obtains an absolute majority. If elected, the next president of Senegal will have to address issues such as poverty, unemployment, debt, and migration.

The campaign was marked by tension and accusations between candidates, with Faye presenting himself as a candidate of change and Ba as a candidate of continuity. Supporters of Faye gathered at his campaign headquarters in Dakar to celebrate while Ba’s headquarters had fewer supporters present. Official results are not expected until later in the week but based on initial results from voting centers

By Samantha Nguyen

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