Bassirou Diomaye Faye, from prison to president of Senegal

Propelled to power from humble roots despite never holding national elected office, Senegal’s president-elect Bassirou Diomaye Faye, defied the odds by promising radical change and being guided by a charismatic mentor.The former tax inspector has risen in the shadow of the popular but legally embattled Sonko, who endorsed Faye after he was barred from standing in the presidential race himself.Coming from a modest rural background, Faye, a practising Muslim with two wives who often sports a trademark wide-sleeved boubou robe, embodies a new generation of Senegalese politicians.


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