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Introducing Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye, the Newly Elected President of Senegal

On March 29, Senegal’s Constitutional Council officially confirmed the victory of opposition candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye in the presidential election. This historic win paves the way for Faye to assume the presidency, making him the country’s fifth president.

The Constitutional Council upheld the provisional results announced earlier in the week, which were based on vote tallies from all polling stations. Notably, no objections were raised by other contenders, solidifying Faye’s victory.

Securing over 54% of the votes in the delayed presidential poll, Faye emerged victorious, with the ruling coalition candidate, Amadou Ba, trailing behind with over 35%.

Faye is set to be inaugurated as the new president of Senegal, replacing outgoing President Macky Sall, on April 2.

Getting to Know Faye

At 44 years old, Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye is not only the youngest president in Senegal’s history but also the first to win elections in the first round.

Born on March 25, 1980, in Ndiaganiao, Senegal, Faye’s journey to the presidency is characterized by academic excellence and public service.

Faye obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2000 before pursuing further studies at the University of Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop, where he earned a Master’s degree in Law. In 2004, he enrolled in the prestigious National School of Administration of Senegal (ENA), eventually becoming a tax inspector in the tax and property department.

It was during his time at ENA that Faye forged a friendship with Ousmane Sonko, who would later become a significant figure in his political career.

Both Faye and Sonko joined the political party PASTEF (The African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics, and Fraternity) in 2014, aligning themselves with its principles.

Political Rise and Challenges

Faye’s political journey faced significant challenges, particularly in 2023 when he was arrested on charges including spreading false information and defamation. Despite his imprisonment, Faye’s candidacy for the presidential election was approved by the Senegalese Constitutional Council, distinguishing him as a viable contender.

His release from prison in March 2024 marked a turning point in his campaign, garnering support from various political figures, including former president Abdoulaye Wade and the Democratic Party of Senegal (PDS). This support bolstered Faye’s chances of winning the election, especially after key opponents withdrew from the race.

Vision for Senegal

Throughout his presidential campaign, Faye focused on key issues such as job creation, combating corruption, and enhancing energy efficiency. He emphasized solidarity with Ousmane Sonko, employing the slogan “Diomaye mooy Ousmane” (Diomaye is with Ousmane) to convey his support for his colleague’s ideals.

Faye’s campaign also showcased his commitment to transparency, as he publicly disclosed his wealth and urged other candidates to follow suit.

A New Era for Senegal

Bassirou Diomaye Diakhar Faye’s ascent to the presidency marks a significant milestone in Senegal’s democratic journey. As he takes the reins from President Macky Sall, Faye’s leadership promises a fresh perspective and a renewed focus on addressing the country’s pressing challenges.

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