Senegal Election: President Macky Sall wins, gets second term in office

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Senegal’s President Macky Sall will serve another five-year term having won a second term after Sunday’s election where he took 58% of the vote in the poll in which he faced four challengers, but was accused of preventing some of his main rivals from running.  

 Two well-known opposite on figures were barred from taking part because of corruption convictions. The opposition candidates have however rejected the results, but say a court challenge would be futile.

 Idrissa Seck, a former prime minister who came second with 21% of the votes, discussed the results at his home with the three other opposition candidates. Afterwards, he told reporters: “It is clear that the incumbent candidate has confiscated the will of the Senegalese people and will be alone to face the consequences before the people and before history”

 President Sall was first elected in 2012. On the campaign trail, he focused on his record with infrastructure projects. He has portrayed himself as a moderniser who has helped to boost economic growth to more than 6% a year, one of the highest rates in Africa.

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