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The opposition won the Senegalese presidential election in a region of coups and jihadists

The opposition won the Senegalese presidential election in a region of coups and jihadists

March 28, 2024 – 10:29 am

Basserou Diomaye Faye, winner of Senegal's presidential election – Photograph: JOHN WESSELS / AFP

Senegal is a relatively democratic country that is fairly poor by African standards, and the West likes to present it as an example to follow, despite the immigration that arises there. Especially after our presence in the West Africa region since 2020 They came in turn And the coups witnessed in recent years (Mali, Chad, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Niger), and it seemed very likely that Senegalese President Macky Sall would not abandon the government even after the end of a maximum of two terms.

Compared to the fact that in recent years, opposition politicians and their supporters have been repeatedly abused and imprisoned, Sall postponed scheduled presidential elections and eventually acquiesced. After the amnesty, they held the elections as is Al Jazeera It was reported that opposition candidate Basiru Diomai Faye (who Financial Times I also posted a photo.)

The court has already ratified the result, as Salle congratulated Vallée, and although the approval of the Constitutional Court is necessary to obtain the result, it seems that a peaceful transfer of power will come next.

This is a serious fact only because Faye was released from prison only 10 days ago. The 44-year-old politician – who may be the youngest president in Senegal's history – has indicated that he will break with the current political system. His main rival, Amadou Bah, who was launched by the ruling coalition, received 35 percent, while Aliou Mamadou Dia came in third place with only 2.8 percent. According to experts, Faye's victory is due to young people under the age of 25, who constitute 60 percent of the country's population, and who are tired of the ruling government and lack of prospects.

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