- The Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade, on Tuesday announced the appointment of a new Prime Minister, Cheikh Hadjibou Soumare. Mr Soumare replaces Macky Sall who had reportedly resigned shortly before his successor was named.
Until his appointment to the post of PM, Mr Soumare had been holding the post of Minister of Budget in the dissolved cabinet.
President Wade is mandated to dissolve his cabinet after the 3 June legislative polls.
He is the second Prime Minister from Thies to serve in the Wade government. Idrissa Seck, the current Mayor of Thies, who was also the Prime Minister under Wade, came from Thies.
Soumare holds degree in administration and magistracy in 1981 and had been in the cabinet line up since 23 May 2001.
He had previous held so many port-folios in the Senegalese government.Before he took up the Ministerial position in 2001, Soumare was the Director General of Finance. He had also served as the Director of the Budget from 16 July 1996 to 1 August 2000.
His other posts include Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning and Provisional Administrator of the Bank of Credit and International Commerce.
Macky Sall took over from Idrissa Seck who fell apart with President Wade over corruption charges in 2004. Mr Sall was the Campaign Manager of Mr Wade's 2007 Sopi Coalition in both the Presidential and Legislative polls.
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