President’s Coalition Wins Majority in Legislative Poll

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Early results from Senegal's legislative election on Sunday show the coalition led by newly elected Senegalese President Macky Sall has won a landslide victory.

The country's election commission announced provisional results Wednesday, saying that President Sall's Bokk Yakaar coalition secured 119 seats in the 150-member assembly.

Demba Kandji, who is president of the national electoral commission, said the former ruling Senegalese Democratic Party won only 12 seats and a PDS breakaway faction four seats, while other smaller political parties shared the remaining 15 seats.

Voter turnout was low. Slightly more than one-third of the 5 million registered voters cast ballots.

The victory by the Sall coalition will enable the new president to push for economic reforms in order to fullfill his campaign promise to reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty in the country.

Mr. Sall defeated former president Abdoulaye Wade in March, in an election marked by violence and controversy over whether Mr. Wade was entitled to run for a third term.