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Senegal: Macky Sall’s Candidate Concedes Defeat in Senegal Election

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Senegal’s governing coalition candidate Amadou Ba conceded defeat on Monday, towards opposition rival Bassirou Diomaye Faye after Sunday’s elections. This brings President Macky Sall’s lengthy management to an in depth after months of protests, a delayed election and a deep political disaster.

“Contemplating the developments of the presidential election outcomes and awaiting the official declaration, I congratulate the president Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye on his victory within the first spherical,” Amadou Ba mentioned within the assertion.

The governing coalition had been insisting a run-off would nonetheless be wanted till Monday morning, as an absolute majority is required for a first-round win.

Official outcomes are anticipated within the coming days and outgoing President Macky Sall is stepping down on 2 April.

Former Prime Minister Ba, who was representing outgoing chief Sall‘s camp, was one of many 17 candidates within the working.

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From late Sunday night, native media channels began saying polling station tallies that put Faye comfortably forward of Ba, in addition to most newspapers’ frontpages.

Opposition supporters celebrated within the streets of Ziguinchor, in Casamance, the place Ousmane Sonko, Faye’s mentor, has been mayor for years.

Many informed RFI that they hoped the brand new president would carry change, a lift to the economic system and particularly jobs for the youth.

Faye and his coalition have promised voters a programme of left-wing pan-Africanism.