Monday 25 September 2017
(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, Moustapha Niasse, has been National Assembly Speaker since 2012. After his elementary schooling, he continued his studies at the Faidherbe High School in Saint-Louis, before enrolling at the then University of Dakar and eventually in...
(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 of 2 on the 6 in the former lineup. The new government, according to PM Abdallah Dionne, includes a new minister to focus on promoting greater employment opportunities for youths, and will give new impetus to the protection of children,...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Senegal holds a legislative election on Sunday following a campaign gripped by tension between the rival coalitions of President Macky Sall, the former president Abdoulaye Wade and Dakar's mayor, Khalifa Sall. Campaigning ends Friday, with the first results known in the early hours of Monday. Polling will take place between 8am and 6pm (0800 to 1800 GMT) Sunday in what is seen as a crucial test of support ahead of a presidential vote in 2019. Police have fired tear gas...
(Voice of America 07/28/17)
Senegal is wrapping up a heated campaign season ahead of Sunday’s legislative polls. Tear gas filled the air in Dakar’s city center this week as police dispersed an opposition demonstration called by former president Abdoulaye Wade to denounce the organization of the upcoming election. Wade’s return to the country to lead the main opposition coalition has been just one spark raising the temperature during this campaign period. Another key political figure, the mayor of Dakar, is leading his "Manko Taxanu...
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
Court approves president’s demands. The country’s Constitutional Court approved Thursday President Macky Sall’s move to allow voters to use passports and driver’s licenses. Sall urged the court Monday to allow those without voter ID cards, to cast ballots with national documents. “In the withdrawal of biometric identity cards, the President of the Republic submitted to the Constitutional Council … that voters 'having been able to withdraw their cards can vote in the legislative elections of 30 July 2017,” he wrote...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
Senegal's Supreme Court rejected bail for Dakar's popular mayor on Thursday, preventing him from campaigning in upcoming legislative elections and likely sparking further tensions with supporters of his rival, President Macky Sall. Mayor Khalifa Sall (no relation) was arrested more than four months ago on corruption charges and has been serially denied bail, but is at the top of a list of opposition coalition candidates vying for 165 seats in the July 30 vote. The mayor has not exhausted his...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
In Senegal's southern Casamance region, new houses dot a landscape once dominated by abandoned ruins full of bullet holes, though the spectre of a 35-year conflict still haunts its villages. Separatist rebels of the Mouvement des Forces Democratiques de Casamance (MFDC) began fighting for independence more than three decades ago but have long ceased once frequent attacks on the Senegalese army, which retains a visible presence in the area. As residents return to previously unsafe areas, many are asking when a conflict that is technically ongoing
(Voice of America 07/13/17)
Senegal’s former president, Abdoulaye Wade, is making a comeback. The 91-year-old politician returned to Senegal this week for the second time since his 2012 defeat, and will be on the campaign trail for the next two weeks [until July 28], traveling around the country to boost his party’s chances in the legislative elections at the end of this month. Thousands gathered at Dakar’s international airport to welcome the former leader. “Gorgui is great,” chanted the crowds as Wade made his...
(The Associated Press 07/11/17)
Hundreds of people filled the streets of Dakar outside the airport Monday to welcome former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, who has returned to lead his party into legislative elections after spending years abroad following a failed bid for a third term in office. The 91-year-old flew into Dakar Monday from Paris, accompanied by his wife Viviane. He retains a strong support base in Senegal, which is holding legislative elections July 30. Wade has returned to head up the list of candidates for his opposition Senegalese Democratic Party. He is also heading up other opposition parties who are coming together

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