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Senegal’s new president names PM

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Dakar: Newly-elected Senegalese President Bassirou Diomaye Faye has appointed Ousmane Sonko, leader of the African Patriots of Senegal for Work, Ethics and Fraternity (PASTEF) party, as prime minister, an official of the presidency announced Tuesday.

Sonko, 49, is the current mayor of Ziguinchor and the leader of the PASTEF party, which was dissolved by a presidential decree in July 2023.

Faye, 44, was sworn in earlier Tuesday in Diamniadio, 30 km from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, for a five-year term.

Elected in the first round of the presidential election on March 24 with 54.28 percent of the votes cast, Faye is the fifth president of Senegal since its independence in 1960.

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