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Senegal welcomes new leader

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:12

March 26 - Senegalese President-elect Macky Sall promises a new era of prosperity. Jessica Gray reports.

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Senegal's President-elect Macky Sall promises prosperity for his country. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SENEGAL PRESIDENT-ELECT, MACKY SALL, SAYING: "The size of this victory by the vote of the people shows the immense expectation of the population. I am taking all measures tonight so that a new era can commence for Senegal." He beat out incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, who he described as out of touch with the needs of Senegal's people. The 50-year-old opposition candidate advocates lowering the cost of living and helping the poor. His supporters - including singer Youssou N'dour- were ecstatic, calling his win a victory for Senegal. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MUSICIAN YOUSSOU N'DOUR, SAYING: "Today is a victory of the Senegalese people and I'm proud to have played my part in it. Because I'm not the only one." The elections were the latest test for democracy in a region plagued with violence and corruption. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Senegal welcomes new leader

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 01:12