Presidential elections in Senegal: winds of continental change

Supporters of challenger candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye gather outside the party's headquarters in Dakar on March 24, 2024. CARMEN ABD ALI / AFP

On March 24, 2024, the 12th presidential elections were held in Senegal. They were won in the first round by a large margin over their rivals by 44-year-old Bassirou Diomai Fai, a friend of the number one opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. With a voter turnout of 61.3%, he received 54.28% of the votes. His closest rival from the presidential camp, representing the ruling Benno Book Yakaar coalition, Amadou Ba (served as prime minister from 2022 to 2024) - 35.79%. A few hours after the inauguration of B.D. Fai signed a decree appointing his mentor, W. Sonko, as prime minister.