Macky Sall gets more backing
The challenger to incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade in the second round runoff, Macky Sall of the Alliance for the Republic (APR) has won further support.
Leaders of the protest movement, June 23 Movement (M23) have urged their supporters to vote for Sall. He has also secured the support of pop star Youssou N’Dour who was denied the opportunity to run for the election.
Most significant of all is confirmation that the third candidate in the first round, Moustapha Niasse of the United to Boost Senegal (an alliance of opposition parties) who took 13.2% of the vote in the first round has urged his supporters to back Sall.
Last night Idrissa Seck of Rewmi who came fifth with 7.86% of the vote has also announced that he will be backing Macky Sall.
The one remaining substantial candidate who has still to declare his intentions is Ousmane Tanor Dieng of the Socialist Party of Senegal (PS); he took 11.3% of the vote in the first round.
Macky Sall took 26.5% of the vote in the first round compared to 34.8% for Abdoulaye Wade. This means that both candidates need to secure as much backing as possible in order to win the second round which the Electoral Commission has confirmed will take place on 18th March.