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Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye


Incumbent
Assumed office 
30 April 2009
President Abdoulaye Wade
Preceded by Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré

Born 6 August 1958 (1958-08-06) (age 51)
Kaolack, Senegal (then a French colony)
Political party Senegalese Democratic Party

Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye (born 6 August 1958[1]) is a Senegalese politician who was appointed as Prime Minister of Senegal on 30 April 2009. He was previously Minister of the Civil Service and Labour in 2005, Director of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic from 2005 to 2007, and Minister of State for the Maritime Economy from 2007 to 2009.

Ndiaye, a lawyer by profession, is a long-time member of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS). He was born in Kaolack and has been Mayor of Guinguinéo since 2002. He served as Spokesman of President Abdoulaye Wade and as a Special Adviser to President Wade.[1] He was first appointed to the Senegalese government as Minister of the Civil Service, Labour, Employment, and Professional Organizations on 9 March 2005.[2] Adama Sall was appointed to replace Ndiaye in his ministry on 8 August 2005,[3] and Ndiaye was moved to the position of Director of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic.[4]

Ndiaye was elected to the National Assembly of Senegal in the June 2007 parliamentary election as a departmental candidate of the Sopi Coalition.[5] He was then appointed to the government as Minister of State for the Environment and the Protection of Nature on 19 June 2007, as part of the government of Prime Minister Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré,[6] before being quickly moved to the position of Minister of State for the Maritime Economy on 5 July 2007.[7] His ministerial portfolio was expanded to including fishing on 3 December 2007,[8] and later it was expanded again to also include maritime transport.[9]

Ndiaye was re-elected as Mayor of Guinguinéo in the March 2009 local elections; he was one of the only ministers and PDS leaders to prevail in the local elections, in which the opposition made large gains.[1][10] Following the election, Prime Minister Soumaré resigned and President Abdoulaye Wade appointed Ndiaye as Prime Minister on 30 April 2009.[10]

Ndiaye and Wade's son, Karim Wade, were widely viewed as having been at odds at the time of Ndiaye's appointment. Ndiaye nevertheless met with Karim Wade on 1 May 2009 and offered him a position in the new government, which Wade accepted. Ndiaye spoke positively of Karim Wade and downplayed suggestions that the two had a difficult relationship; he acknowledged their "political differences", but said this was "normal" and that there were "no problems" between them. It is widely believed that President Wade is grooming Karim to succeed him, and therefore all moves related to Karim are considered especially significant.[11]

Ndiaye is a member of the PDS Political Bureau and the PDS Steering Committee. He has also served as First Vice-President of the Regional Council of Fatick.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c "NOUVEAU PREMIER MINISTRE : Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye, un avocat politicien à la primature", Nettali (Seneweb.com), 30 April 2009 (French).
  2. ^ "DECRET N°2005-249 du 09-03-2005 mettant fin aux fonctions de ministres, nommant de nouveaux ministres et fixant la composition du gouvernement", Senegalese government website (French).
  3. ^ "DECRET N°2005-705 du 08-08-2005 mettant fin aux fonctions de ministres, nommant de nouveaux ministres et fixant la composition du gouvernement", Senegalese government website (French).
  4. ^ "Sénégal: remaniement du gouvernement de Macky Sall avec quatre 4 nouveaux membres", Xinhua, 9 August 2005 (French).
  5. ^ List of deputies elected in 2007, Senegalese government website (French).
  6. ^ "DECRET N°2007-828 du 19-06-2007 portant nomination des ministres et fixant la composition du gouvernement", Senegalese government website (French).
  7. ^ "DECRET N°2007-834 du 05-07-2007 mettant fin aux fonctions de ministres, nommant de nouveaux ministres et fixant la composition du gouvernement", Senegalese government website (French).
  8. ^ "DECRET N°2007-1452 du 03-12-2007 mettant fin aux fonctions de ministres, nommant de nouveaux ministres et fixant la composition du gouvernement", Senegalese government website (French).
  9. ^ "DECRET N°2008-909 du 07-08-2008 portant nomination d’un ministre et fixant la composition du gouvernement", Senegalese government website (French).
  10. ^ a b "Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye nommé Premier ministre", AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), 1 May 2009 (French).
  11. ^ "President's son says he'll join Senegal's govt", AFP, 1 May 2009.
  12. ^ "PORTRAIT. Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye. Un garçon qui ne se laisse pas faire : " Jamais je me rangerai derrière ce gosse Karim".", xalimasn and APS, 30 April 2009 (French).
Political offices
Preceded by
Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré
Prime Minister of Senegal
2009–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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