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A Closer Look at Senegal’s Presidential Elections: Faye’s Close Call and the Implications for Africa

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 25, 2024
Opposition candidate closing in on victory in Senegal elections

In the first round of Senegal’s presidential elections, held after years of social unrest and political crisis, anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye appeared close to a victory. Four other candidates, including female candidate Anta Babacar Ngom and former prime minister Amadou Ba, congratulated Faye on Sunday as they observed the trends in the vote count. Faye had a clear advantage over Ba, who was postulated by the ruling coalition, according to initial results from voting centers.

No official results are expected until the end of the week, but hundreds of supporters gathered at Faye’s campaign headquarters to celebrate what appeared to be his victory. Meanwhile, Ba’s headquarters had a more subdued atmosphere with a few dozen supporters. Nearly 7.3 million people were called to the polls to elect the successor of outgoing president Macky Sall. In a country considered one of the most stable in the region, candidates Ba and Faye emerged as favorites in a field of 17 candidates.

The ruling coalition supporting Ba is certain that there will be a runoff if no candidate obtains an absolute majority. The country has strong relations with the West while Russia is strengthening its position in surrounding countries. Senegal has recently experienced instability through several coups d’état. The last-minute postponement of elections initially scheduled for February led to violence and uncertainty before finally being set for March 24th. The campaign, reduced to two weeks in the middle of Muslim fasting month, was pivotal for democracy in Senegal.

The incumbent president did not run for re-election, leaving open field for candidates like Ba and Faye to tackle persistent issues such as poverty, unemployment, debt and migration. The unrest in 2021 between government and opposition tested country’s stability even further. Faye is considered an outsider who aims to bring system change through left-wing Pan-Africanism if elected

By Samantha Johnson

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