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In the first round of Senegal’s presidential elections on Sunday night, it appeared that anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye was on the brink of victory. This came after years of social unrest and political crises in the country. Several other candidates running for president congratulated Faye on his apparent lead in the vote count.

The initial results from voting centers showed Faye with a clear advantage over his closest competitor, former prime minister Amadou Ba. However, official results are not expected until later in the week. Supporters of Faye gathered at his campaign headquarters in Dakar to celebrate, while Ba’s headquarters had fewer supporters present.

Nearly 7.3 million people were eligible to vote in the election to choose the successor to outgoing President Macky Sall. Ba and Faye emerged as the frontrunners among the 17 candidates in the race. The country may face a runoff if no candidate obtains an absolute majority.

Senegal is considered one of the most stable countries in West Africa, but recent political turmoil and violence have tested its democracy. The election was initially postponed due to unrest and violence, but was rescheduled for March 24th. The incumbent president did not seek reelection, and candidates Ba and Faye positioned themselves as candidates for continuity and change, respectively.

If elected, the next president of Senegal will have to address issues such as poverty, unemployment, debt, and migration. The campaign was marked by tension and accusations between candidates, with Faye presenting himself as a candidate of change and Ba as a candidate of continuity. The election outcome will have implications for Senegal’s future and stability in West Africa.

The victory of anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye is a remarkable development that could signal a shift away from traditional politics in Senegal

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