Senegal has a prime minister, a first since 2019

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Senegal has a prime minister, a first since 2019

Last June, Senegalese President Macky Sall met with European Council President Charles Michel on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany.

President Macky Sall on Saturday appointed a new prime minister in Senegal, a post he had abolished in 2019 and then reinstated in December 2021, then waiting for local and legislative elections to be passed to make his choice.

< p class="e-p">Amadou Ba, former minister to the head of state, was appointed by presidential decree in a politically divided country, five days after a return to parliament marked by a series of incidents and completed under the guard of the gendarmes.

Faced with rising prices, the new head of government, former Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2019, and of Foreign Affairs between 2019 and 2020, will have the task of carrying out broad consultations and taking new measures on the social level, Macky Sall said Friday night in an address to the nation broadcast on national television.

Measures to reduce the cost of living and support employment and entrepreneurship for young people, the fight against floods and high rents will remain for me the priority of priorities, declared the Senegalese Head of State.

These priorities were recalled by the new Prime Minister in his first speech after the reading of the decree by the Secretary General of the Presidency.< /p>

Amadou Ba has just been appointed Prime Minister of Senegal. Previously, he was Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2019, then Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2019 and 2020. He has since been Minister to the Head of State (Archives).

Supposed make the functioning of the state more fluid, the abolition of the post of prime minister in May 2019 had established a new balance between powers by reinforcing the presidential character of the Senegalese regime.

At that time, the opposition and part of civil society had denounced the abolition of this post as an attempt to seize power by President Sall.

Almost three and a half years later, President Sall is still being criticized by the opposition for his solitary conduct of power. She also lends him the project of running for a third term in 2024.

President Sall, elected in 2012 for seven years and re-elected in 2019 for five years, still remains unclear about his intentions for 2024.

Friday, a concert to be held on Saturday and organized by civil society associations for term limits in Africa was banned by the authorities due to risks of unrest, triggering a wave of indignation on social networks.

The presidential camp in Senegal came in slightly ahead after the legislative elections of July 31. He had kept an absolute majority in the National Assembly thanks to the rallying of an opposition deputy, despite a sharp drop in the number of his elected parliamentarians.

President Sall has also fallen out with a figure of his clan, the head of the presidential camp list in the last legislative elections, former Prime Minister Aminata Mimi Touré, who was not chosen on Monday to take the head of the National Assembly and who has since denounced an injustice.

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