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Elections in Senegal: anti-system opponent Bassirou Diomaye Faye wins

Against all expectations, the anti-system opponent Bassirou Diomaye Faye, designated heir to the leader of the African Patriots of Senegal for work, ethics and fraternity (Pastef) Ousmane Sonko, won in the first round.

The 2024 presidential elections in Senegal are taking place this Sunday, March 24, 2024. According to the provisional results from the polls, Bassirou Diomaye Faye should succeed Macky Sall in the first round of voting. The official results will be announced later, but the first trends indicate a clear victory for the candidate of the African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity (PASTEF) party of opponent Ousman Sonko. It was a historic election with 19 candidates in the running, and for the first time, the outgoing head of state was not a candidate.

Who is Bassirou Diomaye Faye?

Bassirou Diomaye Faye is a Senegalese politician and public finance inspector, born March 25, 1980 in Ndiaganiao. He studied law at Cheikh-Anta-Diop University in Dakar and joined the National School of Administration (ENA) of Senegal.

Bassirou Diomaye Faye was active in trade unionism and held the position of secretary general of the Tax and Lands union before joining the African Patriots of Senegal party for work, ethics and fraternity (PASTEF) from its creation in 2014 and to become its secretary general in October 2022.

For the 2024 presidential election: after the uncertainty regarding the candidacy of Ousmane Sonko, PASTEF designates him as its candidate. Despite a period of incarceration before the election, his candidacy was validated and supported by Ousmane Sonko as well as former president Abdoulaye Wade and his party, the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS).

He represents a new generation of leadership and embodies the hope of change for many Senegalese.

(Sercom African Parliament)


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