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Mohamed Dionne named new Senegal prime minister

AFP-JIJI

Mohamed Dionne, a close aide to Senegal’s president who once worked for the United Nations, was named the country’s new prime minister Sunday, two days after the resignation of his predecessor.

Dionne, 54, will be the third prime minister serving under President Macky Sall, after former banker Abdoul Mbaye and Aminata Toure, previously also a justice minister.

Dionne singled out progress in agriculture and security as tops on his agenda.

Since March, he had served as adviser to the president with the rank of minister tasked with overseeing an economic and social development plan.

He attended a conference in Paris in February where international lenders pledged 3,729 billion CFA francs ($7.6 billion) in aid to help kick-start the plan.