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Senegal’s youngest president, Bassirou Faye, was sworn in after stepping out of prison.

Following a resounding victory in the first round of elections, left-wing pan-Africanist Bassirou Diomaye Faye became Senegal’s youngest president when he took the oath of office on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Senegal's youngest president, Bassirou Faye, was sworn in after stepping out of prison.
Senegal’s youngest president, Bassirou Faye, was sworn in after stepping out of prison.

Ten days after being released from prison, where he had been housed with fellow political prisoners, 44-year-old Faye triumphantly returned to the political sphere.

Several African dignitaries, including those from the recently established town of Diamniadio, which is close to the capital Dakar, attended the inauguration event, where Faye swore solemnly before God and the Senegalese people to carry out his obligations as President with integrity.

He promised to protect the integrity of the country, respect the Constitution, and make every effort to bring about African unification.

The rise of Faye to the presidency is a momentous occasion in Senegal’s political history.

He became well-known as one of several political rivals freed from prison before the presidential election on March 24 as a result of President Macky Sall’s amnesty.

Even though Faye conducted her campaign from a prison cell, voters responded favorably to her pledges to fight corruption and improve the management of natural resources. This was especially true for young people, who are dealing with issues related to colonial legacies and high rates of unemployment.

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