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Bassirou Faye Sworn In As Senegal’s Youngest President

Boom RadioNG | April 2, 2024

Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a left-wing pan-Africanist, assumed office as Senegal’s youngest president after securing a decisive first-round victory. His campaign centered on radical reforms, and just 10 days after his release from prison, he took the oath of office.

At the inauguration ceremony held in the new town of Diamniadio, near Dakar, several African leaders were in attendance. Faye, aged 44, had never previously held an elected position.

In his solemn pledge, Faye committed to upholding the Constitution, defending national integrity, and working tirelessly toward African unity. The formal transition of power from outgoing President Macky Sall will occur at the presidential palace in Dakar.

Faye’s journey to the presidency began while he was still in detention, having been among a group of political opponents granted amnesty ahead of the March 24 presidential ballot.

Bassirou Faye Sworn In As Senegal’s Youngest President

Notably, Faye is the fifth president of Senegal since its independence from France in 1960. He is also the first to openly acknowledge a polygamous marriage.

Collaborating with populist mentor Ousmane Sonko (who was disqualified from the election), Faye outlined key priorities in his victory speech: national reconciliation, addressing the cost-of-living crisis, and combating corruption.

As an anti-establishment leader, Faye aims to reclaim national sovereignty over critical sectors like oil, gas, and fishing. Additionally, he advocates for moving away from the regional CFA franc, viewing it as a vestige of French colonial influence. His vision includes increased investment in agriculture to achieve food self-sufficiency.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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