Senegal Inaugurates New Parliament

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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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 July 1 vote was the first since Senegal passed a gender equity law boosting the number of female candidates.

Lawmakers will serve five-year terms.