25/03/2024  Senegal opposition candidates declare Faye early winner of presidential poll


Several opposition candidates in Senegal's delayed presidential election on Sunday declared rival Bassirou Diomaye Faye the winner after first tallies showed him taking the lead, sending opposition supporters out on the streets for early celebrations.
Millions took part in a peaceful day on voting on Sunday to elect Senegal's fifth president following three years of unprecedented political turbulence that sparked violent anti-government protests and buoyed support for the opposition.
At stake is the potential end of an administration that has pushed investor-friendly policies but failed to ease economic hardship in one of coup-prone West Africa's more stable democracies.
Voters had a choice of 19 contenders to replace President Macky Sall, stepping down after a second term marred by unrest over the prosecution of firebrand opposition leader Ousmane Sonko and concerns that Sall wanted to extend his mandate past the constitutional limit.