#Senegal: Green light from the government to abolish the post of Prime Minister

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The Senegalese government on Wednesday adopted a draft revision of the constitution leading to the abolition of the post of prime minister, the first shock measure of the second term of President Macky Sall.

Senegal, which is a democratic model in Africa, had already been Prime Minister in the 1960s under the presidency of Léopold Sédar Senghor and in the early 1980s under that of Abdou Diouf.

Macky Sall, however, surprised the Senegalese by deciding on April 6, two days after being sworn in for a second term, to spend as soon as possible as Prime Minister, a measure he had not announced during his election campaign.

The head of state had that day renewed at the head of the government Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, charging him to prepare himself the disappearance in the short term of office.

At the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the new government “passed a bill revising the constitution,” according to an official statement. This text will be quickly submitted for approval to the National Assembly, where the presidential party and its allies have a comfortable majority.

The head of state, who promised to accelerate the transformation of the Senegalese economy, wants this change to remove “bottlenecks” by being “directly in contact with the administrative levels,” according to his services.

In front of his ministers, he also called for a “reduction of the State’s lifestyle”, demanding that the water, electricity and telephone costs in the administrations be better regulated, as well as the allocation of the ” fleet of administrative vehicles “.

Macky Sall, who has been in power since 2012, was re-elected in the first round of voting on February 24 with 58.26 percent of the vote.

AFP

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