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Senegal


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Senegal

        conventional short form:
        Senegal

        local long form:
        Republique du Senegal

        local short form:
        Senegal

    • Digraph:
      SG

    • Type:
      republic under multiparty democratic rule

    • Capital:
      Dakar

    • Administrative divisions:
      10 regions (regions, singular - region); Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Kaolack, Kolda, Louga, Saint-Louis, Tambacounda, Thies, Ziguinchor

    • Independence:
      20 August 1960 (from France; The Gambia and Senegal signed an agreement on 12 December 1981 that called for the creation of a loose confederation to be known as Senegambia, but the agreement was dissolved on 30 September 1989)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 4 April (1960)

    • Constitution:
      3 March 1963, revised 1991

    • Legal system:
      based on French civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts in Supreme Court, which also audits the government's accounting office; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        President Abdou DIOUF (since 1 January 1981); election last held 21 February 1993 (next to be held NA February 2000); results - Abdou DIOUF (PS) 58.4%, Abdoulaye WADE (PDS) 32.03%, other 9.57%

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Habib THIAM (since 7 April 1991)

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; appointed by the prime minister in consultation with the president

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale):
        elections last held 9 May 1993 (next to be held NA May 1998); results - PS 70%, PDS 23%, other 7%; seats - (120 total) PS 84, PDS 27, LD-MPT 3, Let Us Unite Senegal 3, PIT 2, UDS-R 1

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (Cour Supreme)

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Socialist Party (PS), President Abdou DIOUF; Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS), Abdoulaye WADE; Democratic League-Labor Party Movement (LD-MPT), Dr. Abdoulaye BATHILY; Independent Labor Party (PIT), Amath DANSOKHO; Senegalese Democratic Union-Renewal (UDS-R), Mamadou Puritain FALL; Let Us Unite Senegal (coalition of African Party for Democracy and Socialism and National Democratic Rally); other small uninfluential parties

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      students; teachers; labor; Muslim Brotherhoods

    • Member of:
      ACCT, ACP, AfDB, CCC, CEAO, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, FZ, G-15, G-77, GATT, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM (observer), ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, PCA, UN, UNAMIR, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNMIH, UNOMUR, UPU, WADB, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Mamadou Mansour SECK

        chancery:
        2112 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 234-0540, 0541

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Mark JOHNSON

        embassy:
        Avenue Jean XXIII at the corner of Avenue Kleber, Dakar

        mailing address:
        B. P. 49, Dakar

        telephone:
        [221] 23 42 96, 23 34 24

        FAX:
        [221] 22 29 91

    • Flag:
      three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), yellow, and red with a small green five-pointed star centered in the yellow band; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia






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