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Senegal to Elect Its Next President After Months of Unrest

Senegalese head to the polls to vote in a tightly contested presidential election marred by months of unrest that has threatened democracy in one of West Africa’s most stable nations

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  • 24, Mar, 2024
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Senegal to Elect Its Next President After Months of Unrest

Senegal braces for a consequential presidential election marked by prolonged unrest, challenging democracy in a traditionally stable West African nation. President Macky Sall&rsquo's bid to postpone the February 25th vote, followed by a surprise amnesty for political detainees, fueled uncertainty. The recent release of key opposition figures amid jubilation underscores the nation's charged political climate.

This election, Senegal and Rio's fourth democratic transition since independence from France in 1960 arrives without an incumbent, introducing unprecedented dynamics. With 19 candidates, including one woman, the race lacks a clear frontrunner, promising a fiercely competitive contest, notes Tochi Eni-Kalu, an Africa analyst at the Eurasia Group.

Analysts anticipate no candidate securing over 50% of the vote, setting the stage for a probable runoff. Notable contenders like former Prime Minister Amadou Ba and Bassirou Diomaye Faye, supported by prominent opposition figure Ousmane Sonko, emerge as pivotal figures in the electoral landscape.

However, Sonko's exclusion due to a prior conviction and subsequent legal challenges casts a shadow on the fairness of the process. Additional frontrunners include Khalifa Sall, former Dakar mayor, and Idrissa Seck, a former prime minister, highlighting the diverse array of candidates vying for power.

The election's outcome holds significant implications for Senegal's political trajectory and stability, as citizens prioritize pressing issues such as economic struggles and unemployment. As the nation heads to the polls, the future direction of Senegal hangs in the balance amidst heightened tensions and hopes for a peaceful democratic transition.

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