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Senegal: Barbarous Diomaye likely to be crowned winner in presidential polls – Report

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Preliminary results from Senegal’s presidential election show opposition candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye leading the race, prompting his supporters to take to the streets in celebration.

However, the main rival from the ruling coalition insists that a run-off will be necessary to determine the ultimate winner.

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Following Sunday’s election, initial reports indicate Faye’s growing support, with at least five of the 19 candidates extending their congratulations as results slowly emerge.

Former prime minister Amadou Ba, representing the ruling coalition, cautioned against premature celebrations, expressing confidence in the possibility of a run-off based on the feedback from their team of experts.

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The election marked a pivotal moment for Senegal, with millions turning out to peacefully cast their votes amid a backdrop of political turmoil over the past three years. The outcome could signal a shift from the administration led by outgoing President Macky Sall, which, while promoting investor-friendly policies, has struggled to alleviate economic challenges in the region.

With Sall not on the ballot for the first time in Senegal’s history, his ruling coalition selected Ba as their candidate, aiming to maintain their hold on power.

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Initial tallies suggested a significant lead for Faye, sparking joyous scenes across the capital, Dakar, as supporters celebrated in anticipation of victory.

Despite the early celebrations, final provisional results are expected by Tuesday, with a second round of voting possible if no candidate secures the required majority.

Faye’s alliance with firebrand opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was disqualified from running due to a defamation conviction, has drawn attention. Sonko’s endorsement of Faye underscores their shared vision for Senegal’s future.

As Senegal awaits the final outcome, Faye remains committed to his platform, promising to address corruption, restore stability, and prioritize economic independence, particularly for the country’s youthful population.

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