Senegal President Macky Sall officially wins re-election

President Macky Sall greets the crowd after voting at a polling station on February 24 in Fatick, Senegal.

(CNN)Senegalese President Macky Sall has been officially re-elected to a second term in office after the country's constitutional council confirmed his win in the February 24 elections with 58% of the vote.

Provisional results announced by Senegal's electoral commission last week showed that Sall, a former prime minister, gained more than 50% of the vote to avoid a run-off election.
Candidates in Senegal's presidential polls are required to secure more than 50% of the vote tally in the first round to be declared winner.
Sall, who first came to power in 2012 after defeating incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, defeated four challengers including Idrissa Seck, another former prime minister, and Ousmane Sonko, a former tax officer who ran on the promise of ending significant colonial-era ties to France.
    "This renewed trust motivates me to work twice as hard, to do more and better," Sall tweeted Tuesday after confirmation of his victory.
    He also thanked the Senegalese people for choosing his vision of continuity and urged for dialogue with his opponents, saying he will be the "President of all Senegalese."
    Sall's re-election was widely expected after overseeing annual economic growth of over 6%, among the highest in Africa, according to the World Bank.