Senegalese President Macky Sall on Saturday named a new prime minister – a position he abolished in 2019 and reinstated last year – after a tight legislative election in July.
A presidential decree named Amadou Ba, a former foreign minister, as the new prime minister. divided countryfive days after the return of Parliament, which was marked by a series of incidents and carried out under heavy security.
Ba served under Sale served as Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2019 and then became Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2019 to 2020.
Sall promised to nominate a figure from the poll-winning party.
His coalition narrowly won the election, but was able to maintain an absolute majority only with the support of an opposition MP.
In a state-of-the-nation address broadcast on Friday, Sall said the new prime minister would be responsible for addressing the rising cost of living.
“Measures to reduce the cost of living and support youth employment and entrepreneurship, flood control and high rents will remain my top priorities,” Sall said.
Ba echoed those sentiments during his first speech after the executive secretary of the presidency read the decree.
Sall, 60, was elected in 2012 for seven years and then re-elected in 2019 for another five years.
When Sall removed the prime minister, the opposition and part of civil society condemned his attempt to seize more power.
Concerns about his reign remain, with some accusing him of wanting to break the two-term limit and run again in 2024.
On Friday, authorities banned a concert scheduled to take place on Saturday and organized by civil society groups advocating limited powers in Africa over what authorities described as “risks of unrest,” sparking anger on social media.
Sall also fell out with a key figure in his camp, former prime minister Aminata Mimi Toure, who was not elected leader of the national assembly and has been condemning “injustice” ever since.