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Senegal: Sonko Forms Government to Spearhead Faye’s Radical Reforms

The performance of the council of ministers will be closely watched at home and abroad. Diomaye has promised audacious changes including dropping the West African currency - the CFA Franc.

Prime Minister Ousmane Sonko on Friday, April 5, 2024, unveiled his government made up of 25 ministers and five junior ministers.

Cheikh Diba, a bureaucrat who served as the head of budget programming was named finance minister, while Birame Souleye Diop, who was vice president of Sonko and Faye’s now dissolved Pastef party was handed the oil and energy docket

President Bassirou Diomaye has approved the cabinet list, according to Africa News.

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The performance of the council of ministers will be closely watched at home and abroad. Diomaye has promised audacious changes including dropping the West African currency – the CFA Franc and an audit of the oil and gas contracts Senegal signed with foreign companies.

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Yassine Fall, vice-president of Pastef was made minister of foreign affairs.

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Diomaye appointed Ousmane Sonko – his mentor and confidant prime minister shortly after being sworn in on Tuesday as Senegal’s fifth head of state.

Nominated as a candidate while in prison, Diomaye rode a wave of discontent against President Macky Sall to secure an overwhelming first-round victory with Sonko’s backing.

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