Harmony wins in Senegal’s ballot

In recent years, the band of African countries straddling the southern edge of the Sahara has struggled with military coups, violent Islamist extremism, and a rejection of regional cooperation on security.

Now Senegal, through a presidential election held Sunday, is showing the antidote to those seemingly intractable problems. It resides in the cornerstones of democracy, such as judicial independence, equality, and vibrant civic participation.

“We are very proud in Senegal to be able to face all our opposition, our difficulties, our misunderstandings, in a democratic way,” Abdoulaye Bousso, director of the civil society group Aar Sunu Election (Protect Our Election), told Al Jazeera. “We have strong institutions.”

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