Friday 17 November 2017
(APA 11/14/17)
The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, on Monday urged an integrated security strategy to fight terrorism in Africa and beyond. “International cooperation is essential to achieve an integrated security that seeks to assess situations according to the contexts of the threat,” Parly told the fourth International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa being held in Senegal. Integrated security is an approach that combines “security, defense and development,” she posited. The theme of the forum is “Current security challenges in Africa: Searching for integrated solutions.” Chad’s Prime Minister, Albert Mahimi Padake stressed that security challenges are common to all African countries, but none of these nations taken individually can overcome this scourge...
(APA 11/14/17)
Senegalese leader Macky Sall has outlined four security challenges which Africa must tackle to ensure peace and security. Speaking at an international security conference which opened in the town of Diamniadio, 40 km east of Dakaron Monday, President Sall said the first of such challenges involve intelligence-sharing as a starting point. “Intelligence is the business of professionals that requires rigor and discretion” he told the 4th International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa. The meeting is being held under the theme: “Current Security Challenges in Africa: Looking for Integrated Solutions.” The other challenge, according to President Sall, is risk integration associated with failed states, which are themselves at the mercy of all subterranean networks, thanks to the absence of...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
African leaders on Monday used a regional forum to call for extra support as the continent moves to assure its own security after years of Western interventions. The annual Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security this year brings together the presidents of Mali, Rwanda and hosts Senegal along with military officials and experts to discuss the continent's serious challenges in the sector. The vast Sahel region, stretching from Senegal to Sudan, has turned into a hotbed of lawlessness since...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/17)
Twenty-five people were killed on Monday when a packed minibus and a bus collided in northern Senegal, emergency services said. The minibus had been heading to the central city of Touba, taking people to an annual pilgrimage of the Mourides, a Sufi Muslim brotherhood. The vehicle had an official capacity of 14 people but was carrying 27 at the time, 24 of whom were killed. The 25th fatality was the driver of the bus. The state-run news agency APS, quoting...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/17)
Hundreds of supporters of high-profile Senegalese mayor Khalifa Sall called for his release on Saturday as prosecutors asked parliament to lift his immunity from prosecution on graft charges. Dressed in items of red clothing, activists called for Dakar mayor Sall to be released after serving more than seven months in pre-trial detention on what they say are politically-motivated embezzlement charges. "Free Khalifa!" and "Khalifa until we die!" chanted around 300 people, many of them women and young people, after gathering...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(APA 09/27/17)
The Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS), the main opposition party in Senegal led by former President Abdoulaye Wade, has called for the establishment of a “High Electoral Authority” to replace the current Autonomous National Electoral Commission (CENA). In a statement issued Tuesday evening following a meeting of the PDS Steering Committee, chaired by Wade in his capacity as National Secretary-General, supporters of the former head of state demanded the establishment of a “High Electoral Authority” whose neutrality will guarantee free and...
(APA 09/15/17)
Moustapha Niasse, the only candidate for the position of Speaker in Senegal’s new National Assembly has been re-elected for a second five-year term. Niasse was the candidate of the ruling "Bennoo Bokk Yaakaar" coalition which dominates the new National Assembly. He polled 120 votes from the 151 MPs who witnessed the inauguration of the 165-member assembly. Ten MPs voted against his candidacy while 17 abstained. Born on 4 November, 1939, in Keur Madiabel, in the department of Nioro, in Kaolack,...
(APA 09/08/17)
Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammad Boune Abdallah Dionne announced on Thursday the members of Senegal’s new government, which comprises 39 ministers the same number as in the previous cabinet. Img : Senegal unveils new 39-member government Notable in the new government is the appointment of former justice minister Sidiki Kaba as the new foreign minister of Senegal, and Amadou Bah who has been retained as Senegal’s minister of Finance and Economic Affairs. The new team includes 8 women representing an increase...
(APA 09/07/17)
President Macky Sall has re-appointed Mahammad Boun Abdallah Dionne to the post of Prime Minister of Senegal, the Presidency announced in Dakar on Wednesday. "Under the decree 2017-1531 dated 6 September 2017 and in conformity with the Constitution, in particular articles 43 and 49, Macky Sall, President of the Republic, appointed Mr. Mahammad Boun Abdallah Dionne Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal» a statement from the Presidency declared. Macky Sall is now expected to announce the other appointees in Senegal's new government on Thursday. Prime Minister Dionne submitted Tuesday the resignation of the government he led to Macky Sall, who accepted it.
(APA 09/04/17)
Senegal’s former president Abdoulaye Wade has expressed his readiness to participate in the political dialogue proposed by president Macky Sall. However, Wade added that the proposal must meet six conditions, including the appointment of two members of the opposition in the seven-member of the Constitutional Council. Abdoulaye Wade, the national coordinator of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS), whose coalition “Wattu Senegal” came second during the legislative polls after winning 19 out of 165 seats, also demands the replacement of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENA) by an independent body for the supervision and control of the electoral process.
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/22/17)
Senegal has reinstated its ambassador to Qatar in a bid to encourage the resolution of a dispute between Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies and Doha, the foreign ministry said. Senegal recalled its ambassador three months ago along with other African countries such as Chad and Niger who followed suit and also expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia, whose charities funnel millions of dollars in aid money to the region. "With this act, Senegal strongly encourages efforts to peacefully resolve the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
The leader of Senegal's main opposition group said on Wednesday it would not participate in any future elections because the parliamentary polls that delivered a large majority to the ruling coalition were a "masquerade". President Macky Sall's coalition took 125 seats in the 165-seat National Assembly after winning nearly half the vote, according to the results announced last on Friday. The coalition of 91-year-old former president Abdoulaye Wade, whom Sall defeated in a 2012 presidential election, won 19 seats. Another led by Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, who has been detained in a corruption probe for the past six months that his supporters say is politically motivated, won seven seats.
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
Senegal's ruling coalition will take 125 of 165 seats in parliament, the body counting votes said Saturday, confirming an expected landslide for supporters of President Macky Sall ahead of a 2019 re-election bid. The results of the July 30 legislative elections were published by the National Vote Counting Commission (CNRV) through the public APS news agency, and though official still need to be validated by the country's constitutional council. The presidential coalition Benno Bokk Yaakaar (BBY) took 49.48 percent of...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
A popular Senegalese singer is in police detention over "offensive" remarks widely shared online attacking President Macky Sall and the organisation of recent elections, police and local media said Friday. Amy Colle Dieng, a popular "Mbalax" artist, was arrested on Thursday, a police source confirmed to AFP without specifying why. But audio of her lashing out at the president has been creating a social media storm in recent days. Dieng is also heard declaring her support for ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, who stood as an opposition candidate in last Sunday's legislative...
(APA 08/03/17)
The ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) Coalition has won the legislative elections in the department of Dakar, with 114,603 votes against 111,849 votes for the Manko Taxawu Senegaal (MTS) Coaltion, the Department’s Vote Counting Commission announced Thursday. As a result, the winning BBY Coalition takes all the seven parliamentary seats assigned to the Department of Dakar, in line with the country’s election law. So far, both the Benno Coalition led by Prime Minister Mahammad Dionne and the Manko Taxawu Senegaal...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
The ruling coalition of Senegal's President Macky Sall won a widely expected landslide in a legislative election, his prime minister said Monday, bolstering Sall's prospects for re-election in 2019. The Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition swept all except three of the country's 45 electoral departments, said Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, speaking to the public Senegalese press agency APS ahead of the official release of results. The ruling coalition "emerged victorious" following the vote on Sunday, Dionne said, while the turnout was 54 percent among Senegal's 6.2 million...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/17)
At least hundreds of Senegalese voters were prevented from casting their ballots in parliamentary elections on Sunday because of delays in issuing identity cards, voters and officials said. In an embarrassing turn for one of West Africa's most stable democracies, voters were left off voting lists at polling stations or told they did not have the right documents to vote. Opposition leaders have criticized President Macky Sall for trying to stamp out political opposition in a contentious campaign. Political demonstrations...

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