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Senegal has a prime minister, a first since 2019

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Amadou Ba, former Minister to the Head of State, was appointed by presidential decree in a politically very divided country, five days after a return to parliament marked by a series of incidents and which ended in the custody of the gendarmes.

Struggling with rising prices, the new head of government, who was Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2019 then Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2019 to 2020, will be responsible for carrying out broad consultations and to take new measures on the social level, Macky Sall said Friday evening in an address to the nation broadcast on national television.

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

balance of power

Supposed to 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 by President Sall to seize power.

Nearly three and a half years later, the opposition is still criticizing President Sall 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 vague about his intentions for 2024.

On 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 risk of troublewhich triggered a wave of indignation on social networks.

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The presidential camp in Senegal came in slightly ahead after the July 31 legislative elections. 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 also fell out with a figure of his clan, the head of the list of the presidential camp in the last legislative elections, the former Prime Minister Aminata Mimi Touré, who was not chosen Monday to take the head of the National Assembly and which has since denounced an injustice.

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