Senegal's ruling party wins legislative majority

July 4, 2012 - 3:38 PM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The party of recently elected Senegalese President Macky Sall secured 119 seats in the country's 150-seat parliament in last Sunday's election, according to provisional results.

Judge Demba Kandji, president of the national vote counting commission, said that other parties secured only 31 seats. Just 12 deputies are from the party of recently ousted President Abdoulaye Wade, who ruled Senegal for the past 12 years.

Participation in Sunday's poll was low at 36.7 percent. The resounding victory for Sall's party is further evidence of the extent of dissatisfaction in Senegal with the previous regime, which was accused of rampant corruption.

The fact that the 86-year-old Wade accepted defeat and stepped down has been held up as proof of Senegal's democratic maturity in a region of Africa where coups remain common.