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Date:26 Mar 2012
Senegal: Wade Defeated, Congratulates Sall

With early results from Sunday's run-off giving the opposition leader Macky Sall a commanding lead, Wade chose to phone Sall to congratulate him the same evening rather than wait for the definitive results.

State media had already released a stream of results showing Sall had taken a commanding lead. Even before Wade threw in the towel, thousands of people spilled onto the streets, chanting, dancing and sounding car horns. Outside president-elect, Macky Sall’s party headquarters, supporters danced to music blaring from powerful speakers.

"I will be the president of all Senegalese," he promised, thanking Wade for his telephone call.

Wade's defeat - and his promptness in acknowledging it - will have come as a relief to those who feared the election would derail one of Africa's pioneer democracies.

Senegal has been hailed as one of west Africa's success stories, the only country in the region never to have suffered a military coup.


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