Senegal’s Political Tide Shifts as Anti-System Candidate Nears Presidential Victory

By Eleanor Harrison Mar25,2024
Opposition candidate closing in on victory in Senegal elections

The anti-system candidate in Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, appears to be on the brink of victory in the first round of presidential elections held after years of social unrest and political turmoil. Four other candidates have congratulated Faye on Sunday after observing the trends in the vote count. Among them is Anta Babacar Ngom, the only female candidate, who took to social media to express her admiration for Faye’s potential victory.

Meanwhile, Ba’s headquarters had a more subdued atmosphere with a few dozen supporters gathered there. Nearly 7.3 million people were called to the polls to elect the successor of outgoing president Macky Sall. In a country that is considered one of the most stable in the region, Ba and Faye emerged as frontrunners 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, but they were finally set for March 24. The campaign, reduced to two weeks amidst the Muslim fasting month, has been pivotal moment in Senegal’s democracy.

The incumbent president did not run for re-election, leaving open opportunities for candidates like Ba and Faye to tackle persistent issues like poverty, unemployment, debt and migration head-on. The unrest in 2021 between government and opposition tested Senegal’s stability furthermore; however it seemed that Ba and Faye are capable of bringing change if elected as leaders of this democratic nation if given an opportunity to govern effectively without any external interference from powerful interest groups or foreign powers seeking dominance over Africa’s west coast region

By Eleanor Harrison

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