DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Senegalese President Macky Sall in the first ballot made it easy to re-elect a second term, election officials announced on Thursday. His opponents issued a joint statement stating that they would not contest the results.
The statement of the four opposition candidates ended on days of political uncertainty in Senegal, a democracy that has long been known for its peaceful transfer of power.
After the Prime Minister informed the supporters of the ruling parties that the unofficial results showed that Sall won 57% of Sunday's vote, the top opponents rejected the claim and told supporters to prepare for run-off elections.
Election observers reported that no significant violations were found during the presidential vote. In their joint statement, opposition candidates said they were still rejecting the election results but added: "We will not use the constitutional council."
It was right to be broadcast live on TV and radio, a rarity in the world, where in many countries there is widespread violence after selection. There were scattered reports of protests, including for Dakar University students.
The police said some protesters hit a gas station in Thessaloniki and officials intervened. But no, how the police put the riots before. But after Sall was declared the winner of the election, there was no big demonstration.
"President Macky completed for the first time in 12 Senegalese 14 regions," former Prime Minister Aminata Toure told her fellow Sall supporters outside the party's headquarters in Dakar's capital. "The difference between him and the other candidates is great."
According to judge Demba Kandji, who was responsible for the release of the election results, the incumbent received 58.3% of the vote. Preliminary results showed that the highest opposition candidate Idrissa Seck took 20.5% of the vote, while Ousmane Sonko was 15.7%.
57-year-old Sall won his way on the road and created jobs calling himself a "modern Senegalese builder". The President said she had created about 491,000 jobs during her first term of office.
Opposition supporters argued that Sall's economic achievements have still not reached many of the country's population, where young men often risk their lives migrating to Europe, looking for better prospects.
"Macky Sall is obsessed with the infrastructure and is not concerned with employment by employing my generation," said Abdou Camara, 24, supporter of Seck, who applies to a university in Canada after trying to find a job for six months. "I don't fight Mackie Sall, but I can't love her."
Senegal has long been a democratic example in West Africa, where the leaders in power and the new governments that simultaneously used the coups were too often
However, this year's presidential rally claims that the presidency effectively blocked two prominent opposition politicians from membership, former Mayor of Dakar and son of President Sall in 2012.
During the campaign that led to his first term, Sall promoted the message of change to outdo the long-standing president Abdoulaye Wade. Since then, the constitutional referendum has shortened the presidential term from seven to five.
After the change, Sall criticized criticism by deciding to complete the seven-year term.
Amelia Nierenberg, an associated press writer, participated in the drafting of this report.