Showing Archived Posts

Senegal Adopts Law to Try Former Dictator

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Lawmakers in Senegal have passed a law creating a special court to try former Chadian leader Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity. The National Assembly ratified an agreement with the African Union to create the court, which is being called the “Extraordinary Chamber.” Rights groups have been calling for years for Senegal to try Habre, […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

Senegal, AU Finalize Plan to Try Chad’s Habre

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Senegal and the African Union have finalized a deal to create a special court to put former Chadian President Hissene Habre on trial for war crimes charges. The agreement comes a month after the United Nations’ highest court ordered Senegal to either prosecute Mr. Habre or extradite him. A Chad truth commission says Mr. Habre […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

Senegal Inaugurates New Parliament

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Senegal is inaugurating a new parliament Monday with a coalition led by President Macky Sall’s party holding a large majority. Mr. Sall’s Bokk Yakaar coalition won 119 of the 150 seats in an election earlier this month. The legislature features a record 65 women, which is nearly double the number of the outgoing parliament. The […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

World Court Orders Prosecution of Chad’s Habre

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

The United Nation’s highest court has ordered Senegal to either prosecute former Chadian President Hissene Habre on genocide charges or extradite him “without further delay.” The International Court of Justice at The Hague issued the decision on Friday in response to Belgium’s request to prosecute Mr. Habre for alleged crimes against humanity. A Chad truth […]

Tags: , , Posted in Africa

World Court Orders Prosecution of Chad’s Former Dictator

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

The International Court of Justice has ruled that Senegal must either put former Chadian President Hissene Habre on trial for genocide or extradite him “without further delay.” The court at The Hague issued the decision on Friday in a response to a request by Belgium to prosecute Mr. Habre on charges of crimes against humanity. […]

Tags: , , Posted in Africa

President’s Coalition Wins Majority in Legislative Poll

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Early results from Senegal’s legislative election on Sunday show the coalition led by newly elected Senegalese President Macky Sall has won a landslide victory. The country’s election commission announced provisional results Wednesday, saying that President Sall’s Bokk Yakaar coalition secured 119 seats in the 150-member assembly. Demba Kandji, who is president of the national electoral […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

Voters in Senegal Pick a Parliament

Posted July 1st, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Voters in Senegal went to the polls Sunday to pick a new parliament. Newly-elected President Macky Sall needs a majority of supporters to get approval for his legislative agenda, which includes job creation and bringing down food prices. Witnesses say voter turnout Sunday was low. Results are expected in several days. President Sall defeated long-time […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

New Senegal President Makes Cabinet Appointments

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Senegal’s newly elected President Macky Sall has named his first cabinet just two days being sworn into office. Senegalese state television announced late Wednesday the president has appointed music icon Youssou Ndour to the culture and tourism ministry and former banker Amadou Kane to the finance ministry. They are some of the new faces in […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

Sall Sworn in As Senegal President

Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Senegal’s new president, Macky Sall, has taken the oath of office, completing a smooth transition of power in the West African nation. Mr. Sall was sworn in Monday before thousands of dignitaries in a tent decorated with the red, yellow and green colors of Senegal’s flag. In brief remarks, he promised to uphold the constitution […]

Tags: , , , , Posted in Africa

Sall Sworn in As Senegal President

Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

The new president of Senegal, Macky Sall, has taken the oath of office, completing a smooth transition of power from long-time president Abdoulaye Wade. Mr. Sall was sworn in before thousands of dignitaries in a tent decorated with the red, yellow and green colors of Senegal’s flag. Mr. Sall defeated former president Wade in a […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa