The new PRESIDENT of Senegal, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, has appointed a strong politician and his companion, Ousmane Sonko as Prime Minister in his first appointment after officially placed in power.

 

Faye, 44, made the appointment on Tuesday a few minutes after being sworn in while promising to implement changes in the nation’s leadership system.

 

The leader, who holds the record as the youngest person to be elected President in Senegal, has taken over from Macky Sall, Sonko’s arch-enemy.

 

Speaking after his appointment, Sonko promised to give Faye the names of the people he will recommend for appointment as ministers for his approval.

 

Faye was sworn in in front of hundreds of government officials and several African presidents in the exhibition center in the new city of the President, who used to work in the tax collection authority, defeated Amadou Ba who was supported by Sall in the first round by getting 54 percent of the vote.

Among the presidents who attended the event are; Nigerian President Bola Tinubu and his Ghanaian counterpart Akufo-Addo.

 

Also present was the Chairman of the African Public Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat.

 

The military leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger also sent representatives.

 

The change of leadership in Senegal brought new relief in the country which has been surrounded by political turmoil for three years.

 

The situation was seen as a blow in the country’s record which is unique with strong democracy in West Africa.

 

The region has witnessed a military coup as the new rulers cut ties with Western nations and lean on Russia.

 

The leader who, together with Sonko, was jailed by the Sall administration and released just 10 days before the election, promised not to be guided by ethnicity when building the nation’s economy.

 

Millions of Senegalese citizens queued for hours to vote on March 24, this year.

This is after the Sall government tried to postpone the election from February to December but was overwhelmed by pressure from opposition leaders and citizens.

April 4, 2024

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