Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
Opposition candidate closing in on victory in Senegal elections

In the first round of presidential elections held in Senegal after years of social unrest and political crisis, anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye appeared close to a victory. Four other candidates congratulated Faye on Sunday after observing the trends in the vote count. Anta Babacar Ngom, the only female candidate, took to social media to congratulate Faye on his victory, along with Dthi Fall, Papa Djibril Fall, and Mamadou Lamine Diallo.

Meanwhile, Ba’s headquarters had a more subdued atmosphere with a few dozen supporters. Nearly 7.3 million people were called to the polls to elect the successor of outgoing president Macky Sall. In a country that is considered one of the most stable in the region, the candidates Ba and Faye emerged as the favorites in a field of 17 candidates. The ruling coalition supporting Ba is certain there will be a runoff if no candidate obtains an absolute majority.

Senegal has recently experienced instability through several coups d’├ętat and has strong relations with both Russia and the West. The last-minute postponement of elections initially scheduled for February led to violence and uncertainty but was finally set for March 24. The campaign, reduced to two weeks in the middle of Muslim fasting month, was pivotal for Senegal’s democracy and saw numerous promises from both candidates with a clear divide between continuity and change in leadership.

By Aiden Nguyen

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