President Kagame Cheers Senegal’s Bassirou Diomaye Faye on Presidential Election Victory

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 27 March 2024 at 07:14

President Paul Kagame has congratulated Bassirou Diomaye Faye on his election as President of Senegal.

President Kagame, in a statement shared on his official X account on Tuesday night, termed the 44-year-old’s victory as a true testimony to the confidence of the Senegalese people on his leadership.

“My sincere congratulations to Bassirou Diomaye Faye on his election as President of Senegal. Your victory is a true testimony to the confidence of the Senegalese people, whom I congratulate for the peaceful conduct of the elections. I look forward to further strengthening the good relations between our two nations,” Kagame wrote.

Bassirou Diomaye Faye’s main rival from the governing coalition, Amadou Ba, has already conceded defeat, setting the stage for Faye to become the youngest president in the country’s history.

"The Senegalese people have reinforced the good health of our democracy. I wish him (Faye) success at the head of our country," Ba said.

Provisional results showed Faye with about 53.7% and Amadou Ba - from the current ruling coalition - with 36.2% based on tallies from 90% of polling stations in the first-round vote, the electoral commission said.

Faye is set to become the Africa’s youngest elected president as he commands a huge lead in the vote held on Sunday.

Faye, backed by prominent opposition figure Ousmane Sonko during the election, has pledged to make the fight against corruption and national unity his top priorities upon taking office.

"In electing me, the Senegalese people have decided on a break with a past," Faye told journalists in his first public appearance since the election. "I promise to govern with humility and transparency."

Sonko endorsed the former tax inspector for the presidential seat after being barred from vying.

Faye’s participated in the election barely two weeks after being released from prison in Dakar.

The President-elect had in April last year been charged with several offences, including contempt of court, after broadcasting a message critical of the judiciary in legal cases against Sonko.

Sonko joined Faye in jail in July on, among other charges, calling for insurrection.