Unconventional Victory: Anti-System Candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye’s Early Lead in Senegal’s Presidential Elections

Opposition candidate closing in on victory in Senegal elections

The anti-system candidate in Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, has emerged as a frontrunner in the first round of the presidential elections held after years of social unrest and political crisis. Four other candidates congratulated Faye on Sunday after observing the trends in the vote count. Anta Babacar Ngom, the only female candidate, took to social media to congratulate Faye on his victory, along with Dthi Fall, Papa Djibril Fall, and Mamadou Lamine Diallo.

Faye had a clear advantage over former prime minister Amadou Ba, postulated by the ruling coalition, according to initial results from voting centers. No official results are expected until the end of the week, but hundreds of supporters gathered at Faye’s campaign headquarters to celebrate the apparent victory. Meanwhile, Ba’s headquarters had a more subdued atmosphere with a few dozen supporters. 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, candidates Ba and Faye emerged as favorites in a field of 17 candidates. The ruling coalition supporting Ba is certain there will be a runoff if no candidate obtains an absolute majority. Senegal has strong relations with

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