Senegal’s status as a leading democracy on the African continent is a contested one, challenged in new ways in each election and yet maintained over time through high levels of citizen participation and vigorous competition. The February 2019 presidential elections was no exception. With the benefit of incumbency advantages, Macky Sall won in the first round against a narrowed set of competitors. His victory reflects three major trends in sub-Saharan Africa today: the politicization and delegitimation of institutions of electoral administration, the rising popularity of “youth” candidates, and the drive toward postelection executive centralization.
Aspirations and Realities in Africa: Senegal’s Vigorous but Constrained Election
Issue Date July 2019
Page Numbers 94-108