Senegal’s ruling party has won an absolute majority in the French speaking West African nation’s legislative elections, propping President Macky Sall’s prospects for re-election in 2019.
Sall’s Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition won 42 of the 45 electoral regions, according to Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne.
The ruling coalition “emerged victorious” following the vote on Sunday, Dionne said, while the turnout was 54 percent among Senegal’s 6.2 million registered voters, an increase in voting from 2012.
Former President Abdoulaye Wade and a lawyer that supported Gambia’s ousted dictator, Maitre Elhaji Diouf suffered defeat in Sunday’s polls.
Wade, 91, was hoping that his re-emergence in politics will dampen Sall’s re-election bid and trump up support for his son, Karim Wade, who has ambitions for the presidency.
Sunday’s election was marred by violence with hundreds of Senegalese voters prevented from casting their ballots because of delays in issuing identity cards.
(Reporting by Sainey Marenah; Additional Reporting from News Agencies; Additional Writing and Editing by Sam Phatey)