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Bassirou Diomaye Faye is Senegal’s Youngest President at 44

    Bassirou Diomaye Faye became Senegal’s fifth president on Tuesday in Diamniadio. Faye is just 44 and already the youngest president in Senegal.

    He defeated Amadou Ba and won the delayed election with over 54% of the vote.

    In a ceremony attended by presidents and officials of countries, Faye assured the people he’s ready to move Senegal forward.

    The people of Senegal have chosen justice, he said, and he’ll do everything to maintain peace and national harmony.

    Maimouna Dieye, who heads the women’s section of the Pasteef opposition party, has been working with Faye for a decade.

    She said Faye might not know how to run a country, but he knows his field well. He’s been a tax inspector for 15 years.

    Dieye is confident that Faye will solve the everyday problems of ordinary Senegalese.

    Professor Biagui from Cheikh Anta Diop University clarified that the new government needs to make some serious changes, especially in cutting down on the lavish lifestyles of officials.

    He mentioned that by doing this, the everyday Senegalese can see that those in power are actually serving the nation and not just themselves.

    According to Biagui, we should start thinking about what makes good governance.

    Governments in recent decades haven’t really evaluated their achievements. But the people of Senegal want their leaders to explain what they’ve accomplished.

    Senegal’s new President Bassirou Diomaye Faye supporters are optimistic that tensions will dissipate and the country’s democratic reputation will be restored.

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