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Controversial Ally Named by New Senegalese President, Bassirou Faye as Prime Minister

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The appointment of Ousmane Sonko as the new prime minister of Senegal was announced by the recently inaugurated President Bassirou Diomaye Faye on Wednesday.

A well-known figure for his stance against corruption and his vocal critique of the elite, Sonko was unable to contest in the recent presidential election.

In addition to his anti-corruption views, the conservative Muslim leader also advocates for pan-Africanism.

Despite facing legal challenges such as convictions for libel and abuse, Sonko has garnered significant support from the younger population in Senegal.

Faye, who himself had a history of incarceration, emerged victorious in the presidential race, securing over 54% of the total votes.

The government-backed candidate, Amadou Ba, managed to secure 35.79% of the votes, according to NAN reports.

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