Senegal President Announces New Prime Minister

President Macky Sall of Senegal today named a new Prime Minister a position he abolished in 2019 and reinstated last year after July’s tense legislative elections.

A Presidential decree named Amadou Ba, a former Foreign Minister, as the new Premier of the divided country, five days after the return of Parliament which was marked by a series of incidents and carried out under heavy security.

Ba has served under Sall as finance minister between 2013 and 2019 before becoming foreign minister in 2019 until 2020.

Sall promised to appoint a figure from the winning party in the polls.

His coalition narrowly won the election but was only able to keep its absolute majority with the support of an opposition MP.

In a speech to the nation, Sall said the new Prime Minister would be responsible for addressing the rising cost of living.

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