the end of the National Assembly’s 13th term

The regular parliamentary session ended on Thursday, before the parliamentary elections on 31 July. At the end of this 13th term, Moustapha Niasse, President of the Assembly since 2012 and ally of Head of State Macky Sall, will leave the perch. At the heart of sixty years of political life, he led the ceremony in the presence of Adama Bictogo, his counterpart from Côte d’Ivoire.

as reported from Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

These are not yet goodbye, as Moustapha Niasse will remain president of the assembly until the installation of future deputies and the transfer of power, next September. But the end of the regular session was the occasion for a first assessment for the one who went with all the presidents of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Abdou Diouf, Abdoulaye Wade and Macky Sall.

“Regardless of issues and circumstances, I have always worked to keep in mind the priorities related to the public interest,” said Moustapha Niasse, thanking each of the deputies, beyond “political barriers.”

Invited to the ceremony, the President of the Ivory Coast National Assembly, Adama Bictogo, insisted on the “Dakar-Abidjan axis”, the “base of continental unity” and a “locomotive” that must – to be, according to him, an engine of regional economic integration.

For Moustapha Niasse, 82, this end of the Legislature is a turning point. The president of AFP – the Alliance of Progressives – has already said he would hand over the reins to his party at the next congress. But he said on Thursday that he had started writing a book dedicated to his “vision of Africa”.

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