Senegal’s Constitutional Court Tuesday confirmed the re-election of President Macky Sall for a second five-year term.
Speaking at a press briefing at State House in the capital, Dakar, shortly after the announcement, Sall thanked voters for renewing their “contract of confidence,” and promised to “be the president of all Senegalese citizens.”
“I reach out to all the country’s dynamic forces, including politicians and civil society activists, to engage in an inclusive and constructive dialogue in the name of the nation’s best interests,” Sall said.
Sall, who is scheduled to be officially sworn in next month, won the February 24 presidential election with 58.26 per cent of votes.
His main rival, Idrissa Seck, a former prime minister, came second, with 20.51 per cent.
Roughly two-thirds of Senegal’s nearly 7 million registered voters cast their ballot on election day, according to the electoral commission.
Sall, in power since 2012, became the front-runner after two prominent opposition figures were excluded.
Karim Wade, a former minister, and Khalifa Sall, the former mayor of Dakar, were barred from the election for convictions for misuse of public funds.