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Senegal MPs Move Reform To Scrap Put up Of Prime Minister



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Senegalese President Macky Sall

Senegalese President Macky Sall

Senegalese lawmakers on Saturday authorized a constitutional reform to scrap the publish of prime minister, the primary initiative of President Macky Sall’s second time period in workplace.

The movement handed with 124 MPs voting in favour and solely seven towards, Nationwide Meeting president Moustapha Niasse mentioned Saturday night after a nine-hour debate.

The federal government authorized the measure final month earlier than sending it to the parliament the place the presidential social gathering enjoys a majority.

Sall, who was comfortably re-elected in February, introduced the plan in early April, telling the prime minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, to abolish his personal job.

The transfer was a shock because it had not been a part of Sall’s re-election marketing campaign.

On Saturday, lawmakers additionally backed legislative adjustments aimed toward stopping the president from dissolving the Nationwide Meeting, which in flip can now not desk a movement of no confidence towards the federal government.

Justice Minister Malick Sall mentioned the adjustments had been “purely technical and administrative”.

“The purpose is to not improve the powers of the president of the republic,” he advised MPs.

Opposition events have denounced the constitutional amendments.

“It is a democratic setback. You possibly can’t focus powers within the fingers of 1 individual,” mentioned Toussaint Manga, who heads an opposition group based by supporters of former president Abdoulaye Wade.

Sall has been in energy since 2012 and secured 58 p.c of the favored vote within the current election.

A self-proclaimed social liberal — regardless of a flirtation with Maoism in his youth — Sall has described, in his autobiography printed final November, a sluggish, regular rise from a modest background all the best way to the highest, regardless of a stint within the political wilderness.

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