Senegal's Macky Sall in sweeping election victory

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Senegalese President Macky Sall. FILE | NATON

Senegalese President Macky Sall. FILE | NATON MEDIA GROUP 

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Macky Sall has been re-elected president of Senegal for a second term, according to provisional results published on Thursday.

Figures released by the National Vote Counting Commission (CNRV) showed Sall won Sunday's first round outright, picking up 58.27 percent of the vote.

Opposition candidates said they rejected the result, but would not contest it.

His nearest rival, former prime minister Idrissa Seck, who was making his third tilt at the presidency, took 20.50 percent.

Turnout was 66.24 percent, the CNRV's chairman, Demba Kandji, said.

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