Senegal’s Faye Vows ‘Systemic Change’, ‘Greater Sovereignty’

Faye renewed his promise of "systemic change" and "greater sovereignty" after being sworn in as the country's youngest head of state.

Bassirou Diomaye Faye speaks after being sworn in as Senegal’s President at an exhibition centre in the new town of Diamniadio near the capital Dakar on April 2, 2024. (Photo by John WESSELS / AFP)



Senegal’s left-wing pan-Africanist Bassirou Diomaye Faye on Tuesday renewed his promise of “systemic change” and “greater sovereignty” after being sworn in as the country’s youngest head of state.

Faye, 44, said his victory in the March 24 presidential election expressed “a profound desire for systemic change,” adding that he clearly heard the “aspiration for greater sovereignty, development and well-being”.