Results: Senegal election won in landslide

Associated Press
Senegalese president-elect Macky Sall speaks to the press after President Abdoulaye Wade  conceded defeat, in Dakar, Senegal in the early hours of Monday, March 26, 2012. Wade conceded defeat to his former protege Sall late Sunday, congratulating him several hours after polls closed when preliminary results showed the opposition candidate had trounced the 85-year-old incumbent.(AP Photo/Tanya Bindra)

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Provisional election results show Senegal's new president-elect won the vote in a landslide.

Senegal's electoral commission announced Tuesday that Macky Sall had won 65.80 percent of ballots cast in Sunday's runoff ballot.

Incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade won 34.20 percent of the vote — slightly less than his percentage in the first round of voting.

Wade conceded defeat to his opponent within hours of polls closing, and world leaders and observers have applauded Senegal for holding a peaceful and transparent vote.

Wade has been in power for 12 years, but his popularity has fallen amid rising costs of living and high unemployment in this country on Africa's western coast.

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