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Moroccan leadership attends Senegal’s Presidential inauguration representing King Mohammed VI

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In a significant display of diplomatic relations and mutual respect, the Head of Government of Morocco, Aziz Akhannouch, represented King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of Senegal’s newly elected President, Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

 Aziz Akhannouch and Bassirou Diomaye Faye © X

In a significant display of diplomatic relations and mutual respect, the Head of Government of Morocco, Aziz Akhannouch, represented King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of Senegal’s newly elected President, Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

The event took place in Diamniadio, near Dakar, on April 2, marking a pivotal moment for both nations in terms of diplomatic engagement and African solidarity.

Mr. Akhannouch's presence at the ceremony, alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, signifies Morocco's strong support and goodwill towards Senegal's new leadership.

The participation of Moroccan officials in such a key event highlights the kingdom's active role in fostering African unity and collaboration. Morocco has consistently emphasized the importance of African cooperation and solidarity, advocating for sustainable development, peace, and stability across the continent.

The relationship between Morocco and Senegal has been marked by mutual respect, shared goals, and cooperative endeavors across various sectors. The attendance of Moroccan representatives at President Faye's inauguration not only reinforces this bond but also opens doors for future collaborations, particularly in areas of economic development, cultural exchange, and political cooperation.

Senegal's once jailed opposition candidate Bassirou Diomaye Faye was sworn in on Tuesday as the West African nation's fifth and youngest president ever, promising to restore stability and bring economic progress.

The 44-year-old former tax inspector defeated Amadou Ba, the candidate of outgoing President Macky Sall's ruling coalition, by a landslide in the first round of voting, reflecting high hopes for change in the country of around 18 million.

"The results of the election showed a profound desire for change," Faye said after taking the oath of office at a ceremony he attended with his two wives.

The smooth transition was a welcome boost after three years of unprecedented political turmoil in Senegal that had raised concern about democratic backsliding in the coup-prone region of West Africa, where juntas have seized power and cut ties with traditional Western allies in favour of Russia.

"Senegal will be a country of hope, at peace, with an independent justice system and a stronger democracy," Faye said, promising to manage affairs ethically and to build the economy.

Millions queued for hours to cast their ballot in an election that eventually took place on March 24 after unsuccessful attempts by Sall's government to postpone it from February to December, then June.


The move stoked frustration against Sall, whose popularity dropped over the course of his second mandate due to economic hardship, a crackdown on dissent, and concerns that he would tamper with the constitution to run for a third term.

Anger crystallised around the prosecution of firebrand opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who came third in the 2019 election but was barred from running again due to a defamation conviction. He denies wrongdoing.

"I will work towards preserving peace and national cohesion and make sure we preserve our most cherished resource, our national stability," Faye said.

Sonko backed his right-hand man Faye from jail after his candidacy was rejected. Faye was also in detention at the time on charges, including defamation, which he denies.

The two were released days before the vote, sparking mass street celebrations, and joined the campaign trail as a crowd-pleasing duo under the slogan "Diomaye is Sonko".

Expectations are high as Faye, relatively inexperienced in government affairs, becomes president of a young population frustrated with rising living costs and a lack of jobs in a country set to become an oil and gas producer this year.

The new president has vowed to tackle corruption and introduce a series of economic reforms to prioritise national interests, including the re-negotiation of oil, gas and mineral contracts with foreign operators.

He has not yet said what role Sonko, who has been at his heels and joined a meeting between Faye and Sall last week, might play in the new government.

By Kossi Ngunu 


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