What are the promises of the new President of Senegal after winning the elections?

Basserou Diomaye Faye, who won the presidential elections in Senegal, faces a number of challenges and obstacles on his way towards shaping a new political scene in the country.
The Dakar Court of Appeal said on Wednesday that opposition candidate Basserou Diomaye Faye received more than 54 percent of the votes in Senegal’s presidential elections, while the ruling coalition candidate, Amadou Ba, received 35 percent.

The court added that the results were based on a complete count of votes in all polling stations.
The Constitutional Council is expected to ratify these results in the coming days.
Basserou Diomaye Faye, 44 years old, the fifth and youngest president of Senegal, faces many challenges, such as high expectations from citizens, and not strong representation in Parliament, in addition to other obstacles represented in implementing the promises he made, which are:

Restoring democracy

The new president’s political project is based on the “rehabilitation of state institutions” and “the rule of law in the country,” which observers believe the current outgoing president, Macky Sall, who was elected twice, has violated.

Fey also said he wanted to fight what he called “hyper-presidentialism,” which he asserts has led to a “suffocation of executive power over legislative and judicial powers,” resulting in the “use of justice” to hunt down and imprison opponents.

The next head of state promises to limit the powers of the president, hoping to introduce accountability, the position of vice president, ban the accumulation of political mandates, and fight corruption.

Redistribution of wealth

“No one should make us believe that we cannot embody our sovereignty,” was the leitmotif of Ousmane Sonko, Faye’s political colleague who was barred from running in this year’s elections.

“From now on, we will be a sovereign and independent country that cooperates with everyone but in win-win partnerships,” Sonko declared at Faye’s recent campaign rally.

Faye campaigned on a pledge to “restore sovereignty,” a word he used at least 18 times in his manifesto, which includes a commitment to renegotiate mining and hydrocarbon contracts that are due to take effect this year.

Among the things Faye also wants to re-evaluate are fishing agreements with countries, as the fish resources that support about 600,000 Senegalese families are dwindling.

Furthermore, in his statement, Fay stressed the need to develop the primary resources sector to ensure food security and move towards self-sufficiency.

New currency

Faye promised monetary reform, and perhaps even the introduction of a new currency, replacing the CFA franc.

He stressed during his election campaign that the proposal, which is viewed with some concern in financial circles, would not be put forward immediately and would only be pursued under a number of strict conditions.

Restoring diplomatic balance and African unityThe new leader wants to rebalance international partnerships and reset the relationship with France, Senegal’s main trading partner.

Sonko had previously referred to an “era of rebalancing” Dakar’s relations with the world.

According to what Babacar Ndiaye, a political analyst at the Wathi Research Center, told Agence France-Presse, what they want is a win-win policy, it is economic patriotism.

Faye claims to be a supporter of Pan-Africanism, and wants to strengthen Senegal’s diplomatic presence throughout the African continent, promote regional integration within the Economic Community of West African States while consolidating the role of parliament and the national judiciary.

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