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Macky Sall

Macky Sall
4th President of Senegal
Assumed office
2 April 2012
Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye
Aminata Touré
Mohamed Dionne
Preceded by Abdoulaye Wade
Prime Minister of Senegal
In office
21 April 2004 – 19 June 2007
President Abdoulaye Wade
Preceded by Idrissa Seck
Succeeded by Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré
President of the National Assembly
In office
20 June 2007 – 9 November 2008
Preceded by Pape Diop
Succeeded by Mamadou Seck
Mayor of Fatick
In office
1 April 2009 – 2 April 2012
Deputy Famara Sarr
Preceded by Doudou Ngom
Succeeded by Famara Sarr
In office
1 June 2002 – 9 November 2008
Deputy Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye
Preceded by Doudou Ngom
Succeeded by Doudou Ngom
Personal details
Born (1961-12-11) 11 December 1961
Fatick, Senegal
Political party Senegalese Democratic Party (Before 2008)
Alliance for the Republic (2008–present)
Spouse(s) Mareme Faye Sall
Alma mater Cheikh Anta Diop University
Institute of French Petroleum
Religion Islam

Macky Sall (born 11 December 1961[1]) is a Senegalese politician who has been President of Senegal since April 2012. Under President Abdoulaye Wade, Sall was Prime Minister of Senegal from April 2004 to June 2007 and President of the National Assembly of Senegal from June 2007 to November 2008.[2] He was the Mayor of Fatick from 2002 to 2008 and held that post again from 2009 to 2012.

Sall was a long-time member of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS). After coming into conflict with Wade, he was removed from his post as President of the National Assembly in November 2008; he consequently founded his own party and joined the opposition. Placing second in the first round of the 2012 presidential election, he won the backing of other opposition candidates and prevailed over Wade in the second round of voting, held on 25 March 2012.[3]


  • Early political career 1
  • President of the National Assembly 2
  • In opposition 3
  • Presidency 4
  • Political positions 5
    • Constitution and elections 5.1
  • References 6

Early political career

Sall, a geological engineer by profession,[2] was born in Fatick on December 11, 1961. He met his wife Marieme Faye Sall in 1992 when she was in high school. She is now Senegal's first black first lady. [4]

He became Secretary-General of the PDS Regional Convention in Fatick in 1998 and served as the PDS National Secretary in charge of Mines and Industry. He was Special Advisor for Energy and Mines to President Abdoulaye Wade from 6 April 2000 to 12 May 2003, as well as Director-General of the Petroleum Company of Senegal (Société des Pétroles du Sénégal, PETROSEN) from 13 December 2000 to 5 July 2001. He became Minister of Mines, Energy and Hydraulics on 12 May 2001, and he was promoted to the rank of Minister of State, while retaining his portfolio, on 6 November 2002. He additionally became the Mayor of Fatick on 1 June 2002.[1]

On 27 August 2003, Sall was moved from his position as Minister of State for Mines, Energy and Hydraulics to that of Minister of State for the Interior and Local Communities, while also becoming Government Spokesman.[1] He was then appointed as Prime Minister by President Wade on 21 April 2004, when his predecessor, Idrissa Seck, was dismissed.[5] On 25 April 2004, Seck became Vice-President of the PDS Steering Committee.[1]

Sall served as the director of Wade's re-election campaign for the February 2007 presidential election,[6] in which Wade was victorious, obtaining a majority in the first round. After Wade was sworn in, Sall submitted his resignation on 10 April and was immediately reappointed, with the government unchanged.[7]

President of the National Assembly

In the June 2007 parliamentary election, Sall was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate on the national list of the Sopi Coalition.[8] After the election, Wade appointed Minister Delegate for the Budget Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré as Prime Minister on 19 June, replacing Sall, who had resigned along with his government shortly beforehand. Sall said that he was proud of what he had accomplished as Prime Minister.[9]

Sall was elected as President of the National Assembly one day later, on 20 June 2007; he was the only candidate and received 143 votes from the 146 deputies present.[10] Sall and Wade came into conflict later in 2007 when Sall called Wade's son

Political offices
Preceded by
Idrissa Seck
Prime Minister of Senegal
Succeeded by
Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré
Preceded by
Pape Diop
President of the National Assembly
Succeeded by
Mamadou Seck
Preceded by
Abdoulaye Wade
President of Senegal
Party political offices
Preceded by
Idrissa Seck
Deputy Leader of the Senegalese Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye
New political party Leader of the Alliance for the Republic
  1. ^ a b c d "Official Senegalese government page for Sall" (in Français). 2006. Archived from the original on 27 March 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Les anciens présidents de l'Assemblée nationale" [Former Presidents of the National Assembly] (in Français). Senegalese government website. Archived from the original on 16 November 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "'"Senegal's President-elect Macky Sall hails 'new era.  
  4. ^ "Marieme Sall, Senegal's first black First Lady". Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Senegal PM appoints new cabinet", AFP (IOL), 23 April 2004. Retrieved 12 February 2007.
  6. ^ "Incumbent Senegalese President’s campaign team set up". African Press Agency. 3 February 2007. 
  7. ^ "Sénégal: le Premier ministre démissionne, est reconduit à son poste" [Senegal: Prime Minister resigns, is reappointed]. (in Français). AFP. 11 April 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "List of deputies" (in Français). National Assembly website. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Sénégal: un technocrate nommé au poste de Premier minister" [Senegal: a technocrat appointed prime minister]. (in Français). AFP. 19 June 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 
  10. ^ "Sénégal: l'ex-Premier ministre Macky Sall élu président de l'Assemblée" [Senegal: former Prime Minister Macky Sall elected President of the Assembly]. (in Français). AFP. 20 June 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007. 
  11. ^ a b "Abdoulaye Wade et le président de l’Assemblée nationale, Macky Sall, font la paix" [Abdoulaye Wade and President of the National Assembly, Macky Sall, make peace] (in Français). African Press Agency. 4 January 2008. Archived from the original on 5 August 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d Hamadou Tidiane Sy (11 November 2008). "Senegal's national assembly president dismissed". Daily Nation (Kenya). Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  13. ^ "Sénégal: Le Comité directeur du PDS supprime le poste de secrétaire général adjoint occupé par Macky Sall", Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (, 18 November 2007 (French).
  14. ^ " [Senegal: President of the Assembly denounced "an attempted political liquidation"]""Sénégal: le président de l'Assemblée dénonce "une tentative de liquidation politique (in Français). AFP. 14 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008. 
  15. ^ a b c "Senegal's National Assembly president voted out".  
  16. ^ a b "Mamadou Seck becomes Senegal's new parliament speaker". (Pana). 17 November 2008. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  17. ^ "Sénégal: Mamdou Seck élu nouveau président de l'Assemblée nationale" [Senegal: Mamadou Seck elected President of the National Assembly] (in Français). Xinhua News Agency. 18 November 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  18. ^ "Fin des poursuites contre l’ancien Premier ministre sénégalais Macky Sall" [End of the proceedings against the former Senegalese Prime Minister Macky Sall]. (in Français). African Press Agency. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  19. ^ Mamadou Cisse, "Sénégal: Fatick – Macky Sall retrouve son fauteuil", Le Soleil (, 10 April 2009 (French).
  20. ^ Dioumacor Ndong (10 April 2009). "FATICK – La revanche de l’ancien maire: Macky Sall revient par la grande porte" [FATICK - Revenge of the former mayor: Macky Sall comes through the front door]. Le Quotidien (in Français). Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Senegal's Abdoulaye Wade accepts election run-off". BBC News. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Senegal's Wade admits presidential election loss". BBC News. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Senegal presidential poll results confirm run-off". BBC News. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 


Sall is in favour of reverting to the previous term limits and lengths of office. For the second round of the presidential election, Sall called on all other losing candidates and disqualified candidate Youssou N'Dour to support him on the promise of returning to five-year terms from the previous seven-year term that Wade controversially restored; he also said he would ensure that no leader could hold more than two terms.[23]

Constitution and elections

Political positions

The initial result of the 26 February, 2012 election saw Sall obtaining 26.5% of the vote against Wade's 34.8%, forcing a runoff.[21] On 25 March, the presidential run-off was held, and Wade phoned Sall at 21:30 GMT to concede the race with congratulations.[22] Sall was inaugurated as the fourth President of Senegal on 2 April. The next day he appointed technocrat Abdoul Mbaye as his prime minister.


Following the March 2009 local election in Fatick, Sall was re-elected to his former post as Mayor in April 2009. He received 44 votes from the 45 municipal councillors present; the Sopi Coalition's five councillors were not present for the vote.[19][20]

Sall founded his own party, the Alliance for the Republic–Yaakaar, in early December 2008. The Interior Ministry accused Sall of money laundering on 26 January 2009; Sall denied this and said that the accusation was politically motivated. In late February 2009 it was decided not to prosecute Sall due to lack of evidence.[18]

In opposition

On 13 October 2008, the National Assembly voted to reduce the term of the President of the National Assembly to one year; this was approved by President Wade on 21 October.[15] Despite Sall's determined efforts to maintain his position,[12] the National Assembly voted to dismiss him as President of the National Assembly on 9 November 2008.[12][15] There were 111 votes in favor of his removal and 22 against it.[15] Sall promptly announced that he was resigning from the PDS; this decision meant that he would lose his seat in the National Assembly, as well as his seat on Fatick's municipal council and his post as Mayor of Fatick.[12] He also said that he would create a new party.[16] Mamadou Seck was elected to replace Sall as President of the National Assembly on 16 November 2008.[16][17]

Sall nevertheless remained at odds with the PDS leadership in 2008. In September 2008, a PDS deputy presented the bill to reduce the term of the President of the National Assembly to one year, and later in the month, Sall was called before the PDS Disciplinary Committee, although he did not appear. On this occasion, Sall was accused of divisive personal initiatives within the party; he also allegedly committed "acts aimed at undermining the image of the party and country", referring in particular to Sall's visits to the Senate of France and the United States Democratic Party's 2008 Convention. A statement released by Sall's political adviser condemned the move to discipline Sall as an "attempt at political liquidation".[14]


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