BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Somali Swahili French Great Lakes Hausa Portugeuse
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Africa  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Tuesday, 5 November, 2002, 10:07 GMT
Senegal's president names new premier
Idrissa Seck behind President Abdoulaye Wade
Seck is Wade's deputy in the ruling party
President Abdoulaye Wade has appointed his close aide, Idrissa Seck, as Senegal's new prime minister.

On Monday, the government was dissolved by presidential decree without explanation.

But the Senegalese press had hinted that a new death toll update on the Joola ferry disaster would lead to a cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Seck has said he will begin consultations on Tuesday to form his new government.

'Ruthless ambition'

The BBC's Chris Simpson in Dakar says that Mr Seck's name was on everybody's lips when the dismissal of Mame Madior Boye was announced.

He says that Mr Seck, 43, may be young, but that he is a hardened operator, whose critics say has ruthless ambition.

Mr Seck, who is number two in President Wade's Senegalese Democratic Party and a former minister without portfolio, said he was determined to work "for the benefit of all Senegalese people".

"My mission... will be to conduct my new mission and open all ears to all signs, all talents and abilities," he added.

Correspondents say Mr Seck's new government could include a number of young executives who have made a good name for themselves thanks to their professional abilities and moral integrity.

Several ministers in the former government are not expected to be re-appointed, including the minister for social development and national solidarity, Aminata Tall, who has been linked to a financial scandal.

But the minister of economy and finance, Abdoulaye Diop, is likely to be retained in the new government as President Wade is said to be pleased with his work.

The president's son, Karim Wade, is tipped to join the new cabinet.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
The BBC's Chris Simpson
"Mr Seck thanked God and President Wade"

Key stories

Background

E-MAIL YOUR VIEWS
See also:

15 Oct 02 | Africa
02 Oct 02 | Africa
20 Mar 00 | Africa
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Africa stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes