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Senegal President Appoints Cabinet

April 5, 2000

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) _ Senegal’s new president has named a broad-based Cabinet that includes representatives of the major opposition parties and members of civil society.

President Abdoulaye Wade, a longtime opposition leader, appointed 11 members of his Senegalese Democratic Party to the 25-member Cabinet on Monday night.

The party of Prime Minister Moustapha Niasse, a rival opposition leader who backed Wade in the second round of elections last month, received four posts.

A Senegalese national living in the United States, Mokhtar Diop, was named finance minister, and a World Bank official, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, became foreign affairs minister.

The Cabinet includes a record five women, but most were assigned relatively junior portfolios, such as family affairs.

Wade’s election, which ended the Socialist Party’s 40-year rule in Senegal, was a rare victory for democratic change on a continent plagued by election fraud, coups and civil wars.

Former President Abdou Diouf, who came to power in 1981, did not wait for the official results before conceding defeat to his rival in the runoff ballot.

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