With 54.28% of the vote, Bassirou Diomaye Faye wins the presidential election in Senegal

Apr 16, 2024 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

In Senegal, the eagerly awaited provisional official results of the presidential election, held on Sunday, March 24, have been unveiled. They reveal Bassirou Diomaye Faye as the triumphant candidate with an impressive 54.28% of the votes.

The National Vote Counting Commission made this historic announcement on Wednesday, March 27, marking a pivotal moment in the nation’s political history.

Following closely behind Faye is Amadou Ba, who secured 35.79% of the votes, placing him in second position. Further down the ranks are Aliou Mamadou Dia with 2.8%, Khalifa Sall with 1.56%, and Idrissa Seck with 0.9%. The voter turnout for this election reached a notable 61.3%, underscoring the strong civic engagement among the Senegalese populace.

At 44, Bassirou Diomaye Faye is poised to become Senegal’s youngest president, a remarkable feat considering his lack of prior experience in holding national elective office. His victory has been graciously acknowledged by his opponents, signalling a moment of unity and reconciliation within the country’s political landscape.

Faye’s path to the presidency was full of challenges. Prior to the election, he endured eleven months of incarceration alongside Ousmane Sonko, only to be released on March 14 under an amnesty law initiated by President Macky Sall. Undeterred by this setback, Faye embarked on a swift election campaign across the nation, culminating in a spirited closing rally in Mbour, his hometown region.

The election outcome sparked jubilation among Faye’s supporters, who gathered in large numbers to celebrate his historic win. Additionally, he received congratulatory messages from his opponents, President Sall, and numerous other nations, underscoring the global significance of his victory.

While the National Vote Counting Commission has declared the provisional official results, the final confirmation and proclamation of the results rest with the Constitutional Council.

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