Supporters of presidential candidate Faye and Senegalese opposition leader Sonko on Sunday evening in Dakar
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The imprisonment of hundreds of government opponents and a series of indictments against the opposition leader had fueled concerns about Senegal's democracy. Now the outgoing president's preferred candidate has admitted defeat.

In Senegal has achieved a peaceful transfer of power through democratic means. On Monday evening, former Prime Minister Amadou Ba congratulated the opposition's most promising candidate, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, on his election victory. “I ask the Almighty to give him the energy and strength he needs to assume this high office at the head of our country. “I wish him every success for the benefit of the Senegalese people,” his campaign office said.

Claudia Broell

African political correspondent based in Cape Town.

The 44-year-old Faye ran on behalf of the prominent opposition leader Ousmane Sonko because he was not allowed to take part in the election due to a conviction. Faye had previously been in custody, and both politicians were only released ten days before the election. One of her campaign slogans was “Diomaye is Sonko.”