Senegalese presidential election, 2000

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Presidential elections were held in Senegal on 27 February 2000, with a second round taking place on 19 March after no candidate won over 50% of votes in the first round. Although incumbent President Abdou Diouf of the Socialist Party won the most votes in the first round, he was defeated by long-term opposition leader Abdoulaye Wade of the Senegalese Democratic Party in the second round,[1] marking the first time that the Socialist Party and its predecessors had lost power since independence. Voter turnout was 62.2% in the first round and 60.8% in the second.


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Abdou Diouf Socialist Party 690,917 41.30 687,969 41.51
Abdoulaye Wade Senegalese Democratic Party 518,740 31.01 969,332 58.49
Moustapha Niasse Alliance of the Forces of Progress 280,538 16.77
Djibo Leïty Kâ Union for Democratic Renewal 118,484 7.08
Iba Der Thiam Convention of Democrats and Patriots 20,164 1.21
Ousseynou Fall PRS 18,604 1.11
Cheikh Abdoulaye Dièye Front for Socialism and Democracy/Benno Jubël 16,211 0.97
Mademba Sock Rally of African Laborers-Senegal 9,326 0.56
Invalid/blank votes 23,400 - 10,474 -
Total 1,696,384 100 1,667,775 100


  1. ^ Elections in Senegal African Elections Database

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