Senegal’s Constitutional Council declares Bassirou Diomaye Faye president-elect

Dakar, Mar 30 (UNI) Senegal’s Constitutional Council declared opposition leader Bassirou Diomaye Faye as the country’s new president-elect, publishing the final results of the presidential election, AFP reported.

Faye gained 54.28 percent in the first round.

Former Prime Minister Amadou Ba won 35.79 percent of the vote.

The presidential elections were held March 24.

As many as 19 candidates competed to succeed incumbent President Macky Sall as president.

Faye is a former tax inspector who served as secretary general of the African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity (PASTEF) party. In July 2023, the country’s authorities dissolved the party, accusing its leaders of subversive activities. In the 2024 elections, Faye replaced opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was unable to run due to charges against him.

Faye, 44, is the fifth and youngest president-elect in Senegal’s history. He is to be sworn in on April 2.

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