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Opposition candidate closing in on win in Senegal elections

The first round of Senegal’s presidential elections on Sunday night saw a close contest between anti-system candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye and former prime minister Amadou Ba. However, unofficial results from voting centers showed Faye with a clear advantage over his closest competitor, leading many to believe he may be on the verge of victory.

Senegal has been facing social unrest and political crisis for years, and the election was initially postponed due to these issues. This led to protests and violence in the country. Despite this, the election was rescheduled for March 24th, with candidates Ba and Faye emerging as frontrunners among the 17 candidates in the race.

The incumbent president did not seek reelection, leaving room for new leadership. Nearly 7.3 million people were eligible to vote in the election to choose a successor to outgoing President Macky Sall. Supporters of both candidates gathered at their campaign headquarters in Dakar on Sunday night, with more supporters present at Faye’s headquarters than Ba’s.

Official results are not expected until later in the week, but several other candidates running for president have already congratulated Faye on his apparent lead in the vote count. If no candidate obtains an absolute majority in this round of voting, Senegal may face a runoff election.

Senegal is considered one of the most stable countries in West Africa but recent political turmoil and violence have tested its democracy. The next president of Senegal will have to address issues such as poverty, unemployment, debt, and migration which have been major concerns during this election campaign period.

The campaign was marked by tension and accusations between candidates with Faye presenting himself as a candidate of change while Ba positioned himself as a candidate of continuity.

In conclusion, if elected Faye will have to take bold steps towards improving living standards for Senegalese people while ensuring democratic stability in the region

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