Jul 8, 2016, 12:09 PM
In his first televised address to the nation since his crushing victory over veteran President Abdoulaye Wade on March 25, President Sall said he was “holding out a brotherly hand to the leaders and fighters” of the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces, the southern separatist movement that has waged a low-level struggle for independence for three decades, a fight that he said “has lasted too long.”
his address on Tuesday, Sall, who presided over
“Power is meant to serve others, not to serve its own interests,” he said, adding his team would “ban favoritism and influence peddling, and put the public interest above all other considerations.”
“There can be no place for soliciting privileges or advantages for individuals” in government, he said.
also promised to reduce
He also announced a new measure regarding the passage of the presidential convoy, stressing that there will no longer be any delay in traffic blockade before and after the departure of the convoy.
said his government will also set up an independent body to make audits of all
government ministries and departments in
The new president said legislative elections would be pushed back from June 17 to July 1 of this year.
“Considering the little time that we have before the legislative polls, I have consulted the new opposition” about delaying the vote, he said.
Friday had been set as the deadline to finalise the candidate’s list for the polls, but Sall’s camp has said that date follows too closely the March 25 presidential vote.
that “everything was urgent” in the country, the new president said he would
focus on education, health and reducing the rising prices of basic goods in the
nation where some 800,000 people are going hungry in the north due to a drought
“It will be a government that will carry out public affairs in the most transparent way possible, and according to principles of good governance,” he said.
“Its main priority will be to get to work,” he told reporters. “President Macky Sall wants his promises to the people to be carried out.”
Sall’s address came hours after he named a renowned Senegalese banker, Abdoul Mbaye, as the country’s new prime minister.
new prime minister Mbaye is a 59-year-old technocrat educated in
Just after being named, Mbaye said he would soon announce a slimmed-down cabinet of a maximum of 25 ministers.
Sall’s incoming team must combat a series of biting social problems in the former French colony, notably unemployment, high food prices, power cuts and a long strike which has crippled the education sector.
As he readies to overhaul the executive and push through key reforms, Sall, 50, must also help prepare his party for the legislative polls to the 140-seat national assembly, still dominated by loyalists of Wade’s Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS).
Sall previously served as prime minister and was considered Wade’s designated heir before he fell from grace, quit the PDS and struck out on his own.
took over as the country’s fourth president since independence from
Wade surprised the world by conceding defeat just hours after polls closed, and calling his former protege to congratulate him, a move that won him plaudits from around the globe.