Senegalese opposition candidate Fay wins 54 percent of presidential vote | Election News

The full preliminary results are expected to be confirmed by the Constitutional Council in the coming days.

Opposition candidate Bashir Diomai Fay won more than 54% of the vote in Senegal’s presidential election, the Dakar Court of Appeal has announced.

The court said Wednesday that the provisional results are based on counting votes from 100 percent of polling stations. The results are expected to be confirmed by the Constitutional Council within the next few days.

Fay’s victory came just 10 days after his release from prison. The 44-year-old winner has said he wants a “break” with the current political system and he is set to become Senegal’s youngest president in history.

The court said coalition candidate Amadou Bah received more than 35% of the vote, while third-place candidate Aliu Mamadou Dia received 2.8%.

Outgoing Senegalese President Macky Sall earlier congratulated Mr. Fay, calling his victory a “triumph for Senegalese democracy.”

Analysts said his victory reflected protests against the outgoing leadership and divisions within the strong but weakened ruling coalition.

In a country where more than 60% of Americans are under 25 and struggle to find work, Fay’s message is particularly popular among young voters.

Millions of people took part in voting to elect Senegal’s fifth president.

The poll came after three years of political turmoil that led to violent anti-government protests and drew greater support for the opposition.

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested since 2021, and Fay herself was detained and released during the campaign.

Senegal’s peaceful transition of power would mark a shift in democracy in West Africa, which has seen eight military coups since 2020.

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