June 16, 2024

Bassirou Diomaye Faye’s Clear Advantage in Senegal’s Presidential Elections: Is a Change of Era on the Horizon?

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Opposition candidate closing in on victory in Senegal elections

Senegal’s anti-system candidate, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, is currently leading the presidential elections held after years of social unrest and political crisis. Four other candidates, including Anta Babacar Ngom, Dthi Fall, Papa Djibril Fall, and Mamadou Lamine Diallo, have congratulated Faye on his apparent victory based on initial results from voting centers. Although no official results are expected until the end of the week, hundreds of supporters gathered at Faye’s campaign headquarters to celebrate his success. Meanwhile, Ba’s headquarters had a more subdued atmosphere with a few dozen supporters.

In a country that is considered one of the most stable in the region, 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. The country has strong relations with the West while Russia is strengthening its position in surrounding countries. Senegal has recently experienced instability through several coups d’état. The last-minute postponement of the elections initially scheduled for February led to violence and uncertainty, but the election was finally set for March 24. The campaign, reduced to two weeks in the middle of the Muslim fasting month, has been a pivotal moment in the country’s democracy.

The incumbent president did not run for re-election, leaving the field open for candidates like Ba and Faye to tackle persistent issues like poverty, unemployment, debt, and migration. The unrest in 2021 between the government and opposition has tested the country’s stability. Faye, considered the candidate of system change and left-wing Pan-Africanism, aims to bring a new era to Senegal if elected. The campaign saw numerous promises from both candidates, with a clear divide between continuity and change in leadership.

Faye had a clear advantage over former prime minister Amadou Ba postulated by the ruling coalition according to initial results from voting centers.

The anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye appears close to winning Senegal’s presidential elections held after years of social unrest and political crisis.

No official results are expected until

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