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A stormy parliamentary return this Monday for deputies elected on 31 July. The parliamentarians, convened this Monday morning, elected the president of the Assembly after several hours of delay and in a chaotic atmosphere. I’m Amadou Mame Diop, from the Benno Bokk Yaakaar presidential coalition.
With our correspondent in Dakar, Carlotta Idrac
“ I will be your president. The president of all deputies. Together to face the challenges of a constructive assembly … “
Amadou Mame Diop, of the majority of Benno Bokk Yaakaar, obtained 83 votes out of 84 voters. Richard-Toll’s deputy mayor was elected after a vote boycotted by the opposition, in a climate of great confusion: after several hours of debates, invectives, shouts and fights, the gendarmes intervened in the hemicycle.
Two points were at the origin of the blocks. First the case of the deputies who are also ministers: for the opposition it is an incompatibility, they should have resigned. Then there is a discrepancy on the ballot papers for the office of President of the Assembly.
No single candidate for the opposition
The opposition, for its part, had not been able to find an agreement on a single candidate. Coalition leaders Yewwi Askan Wi had finally chosen Barthelemy Dias, mayor of Dakar, as their candidate. But also in contention was the mayor of Guediawaye, Ahmed Aidara, from the same camp. Finally, Wallu Senegal had chosen Mamadou Lamine Thiam.
Mamadou Lamine Diallo, a member of Wallu, regrets this lack of consensus. “ It was my option from the start, even if the question wasn’t straightforward. In our sneak peeks, we hadn’t discussed it before. Unfortunately, we are in a somewhat tight and unexpected situation. From that moment the consultations were not enough. ” Despite this, “ the mechanical majority “, It’s over, adds the deputy after the tense debates on Monday. ” It is normal for the opposition to mark its field “.
For the majority, Amadou Mame Diop’s candidacy announced on Monday morning was a surprise. Aminata Touré, leader of the Benno Bokk Yaakaar national list for the legislative elections and approached for the post, had left the chamber before the voting procedure. Amadou Mame Diop then succeeds Moustapha Niasse at the perch.
During the legislative elections, the presidential camp narrowly obtained an absolute majority of 83 deputies, thanks to the Pape Diop demonstration. The opposition coalitions Yewwi Askan Wi and Wallu Senegal won a total of 80 seats.
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