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BREAKING: 43-year-old opposition candidate, Diomaye Faye, currently leading with 57 per cent in Senegal presidential election  

Jubilations in Senegal as Bassirou Diomaye Faye is leading in the presidential election. The 43 year old politician who has been a political prisoner was released a few days to the election on the verge of a land slide victory.

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BREAKING: 43-year-old opposition candidate, Diomaye Faye, currently leading with 57 per cent in Senegal presidential election

 

There is massive jubilations in Senegal as Bassirou Diomaye Faye is currently leading with more than 50% in the presidential election. The 43 year old politician who has been a political prisoner was released a few days to the election on the verge of a land slide victory.

 

Several candidates have recognized the victory of Bassirou Diomaye Faye, from the main opposition party. Amadou Ba, the ruling party’s candidate, said he is certain ‘in the worst case scenario’ to be in the second round. Official results are expected by Friday.

 

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Senegal is experiencing a political earthquake. Shortly after the polls closed on Sunday, March 24, the first estimates predicted a large lead for Bassirou Diomaye Faye, the presidential candidate advocating a radical change of system.

 

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The question now is whether he has secured an absolute majority in the first round of voting, with some local media reporting he has earned more than 50% of the vote, or whether he will have to compete in a run-off, the date of which has not yet been set, against Amadou Ba, a former prime minister and chosen successor of the outgoing president, Macky Sall. Provisional local results are due by Tuesday evening at the latest, and the Dakar Court of Appeal has until Friday evening to announce the national figures.

 

 

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But Faye’s apparent lead is already a tour de force that few had predicted. The election, which took place after a last-minute postponement and a whirlwind campaign, was shrouded in uncertainty. The right-hand man of Ousmane Sonko, the leader of the African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity (PASTEF) party that was banned in July 2023 by the government, was still unknown to the general public just a year ago.

 

He owes his popularity to the endorsement of the party’s leader, and to the repression to which the party has been subjected. The two men were released from prison just 10 days before the election. Faye had been imprisoned for “undermining state security” after denouncing the political instrumentalization of the justice system by his mentor.

 

The 7.3 million voters understood their relationship. “Sonko mooy Diomaye, Diomaye mooy Sonko” (“Sonko is Diomaye, Diomaye is Sonko,” in Wolof) screamed his supporters in the streets of Dakar shortly after the polls closed. As soon as the first reports were published on social media, the capital suddenly awoke from its torpor. Drumming on pots and pans, dozens of people, including many young people and women, shouted their joy and danced on the roadsides.

 

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The gap is too big, our lead is irreversible’

 

“I feel very happy, content and satisfied because the trends seem to show that we’re through the first round. And even if we go to the second round, we’ll win,” said Bouba, a 35-year-old architect who is part of the group of “patriotic bikers” who accompanied Faye’s election caravan across the country, and who followed the results at his candidate’s headquarters.

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