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Tinubu of Nigeria, Putin of Russia to attend inauguration of Faye in Senegal’s President

President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria and his Russia’s counterpart Vladimir Putin are to attend the inauguration of the new president of Senegal.

President Tinubu will depart Abuja on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, for Dakar, Senegal, to attend the inauguration of Senegal’s President-elect, Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

The President’s trip is on the invitation of the Republic of Senegal.

President Tinubu, who is the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, will join other regional leaders to witness the inauguration at Diamniadio Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, and other senior government officials.

The President is expected to return to Nigeria after the conclusion of the inauguration.

Also the Kremlin spokesperson has announced President Putin’s first official visit to West Africa.

His visit will begin with Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Algeria, and Senegal, where he will attend the inauguration of President D Faye at the invitation of Macky

Senegal’s top court confirmef Faye’s election victory.

The 44-year-old will be inaugurated to replace Macky Sall, who ruled the West African nation for 12 years.

The court’s confirmation on paves the way for his inauguration as the country’s fifth president, which is expected to take place on April 2.

The top court validated provisional results announced on Wednesday based on vote tallies from 100 percent of polling stations.

Faye – an anti-establishment candidate and ally of popular opposition figure Ousmane Sonko – won more than 54 percent of votes cast in last Sunday’s delayed presidential poll.

His closest competitor in the polls, ruling coalition candidate Amadou Ba who was handpicked by outgoing President Macky Sall, took about 35 percent of the vote.

The Council said no objections had been raised by the other contenders.

The African Union hailed the “unanimous acceptance of the results”.

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said he “warmly congratulates” Faye on his victory and wished him “full success in his weighty and noble charge”.

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