Senegal: designated PM becomes ruling coalition president hopeful

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Senegal’s Prime Minister Amadou Ba was designated Saturday as the ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar (BBY) coalition’s candidate for next year’s presidential election.

The candidacy was announced during a meeting of leaders of the BBY coalition.

The coalition is led by President Macky Sall’s Alliance for the Republic party.

Elected president of Senegal in 2012 and re-elected in 2019, Sall announced in July his decision not to seek a third term.

Ba, 62, had served as minister of economy and finance and minister of foreign affairs before being appointed prime minister in 2022.

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