Official results announced
Elections results from the Autonomous National Electoral Commission (CENA) show that Macky Sall won the presidential election with 65.8% of the vote. Incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade received 34.2% with a turnout of 55%.
Macky Sall will take up office on 3rd April and has a lot of problems he wishes to resolve. High on the list of priorities will be sorting out electricity generation, with the state firm Senelec failing to provide regular electricity in any part of the country. Jobs, water supplies and education will be other key priorities.
During the election campaign the president elect said that he would lower taxes and reduce the presidency budget (it has grown from 4 billion CFA to 95 bn in the last few years). He has also promised to lower the cost of living, starting by reducing the cost of rice and oil. Macky Sall is also committed to conducting an audit of the energy sector.
As part of the deal to secure the support of other opposition leaders the new president will return presidential terms to five year terms (currently seven years) and put a cap of two terms on the presidency.
Meanwhile he will have to form a new government which will contain members of the current opposition until the expected general election on 17th June when he will hope that his party will be able to secure a majority.