Senegal’s newly elected president Bassirou Diomaye Faye addresses the nation ahead of Senegal’s independence day at the presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal, April 3, 2024. REUTERS/Abdou Karim Ndoye

Senegal President Bassirou Diomaye Faye on Friday (April 5) appointed a host of fresh faces to top government positions following his election win last month. 

The 44-year-old, who has never before held elected office, swept to a first-round victory on a promise of radical reform, becoming the country’s youngest president. 

Faye looks set to share responsibilities with his appointed prime minister and former mentor Ousmane Sonko. 

“The government set up here on April 5 is a breakaway government… that embodies the project, a systemic transformation voted for by the Senegalese people,” said Sonko.

Birame Souleye Diop was appointed energy minister, a strategic position in a country that is due to start producing oil and gas in 2024. 

Ousmane Diagne, a former public prosecutor at the Dakar Court of Appeal, becomes justice minister. 

The government included four women, who were handed the portfolios of foreign affairs, fisheries, family and youth and culture.

Senegal is facing a host of major challenges, including an official unemployment rate of 20%. 

Sonko said on Friday the government’s priorities would include employment for young people, lowering the cost of living and protecting human rights.


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