President of Senegal

President of the
Republic of Senegal
Président de la
République du Sénégal
Incumbent
Bassirou Diomaye Faye
since 2 April 2024
ResidencePalace of the Republic
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderLéopold Sédar Senghor
Formation6 September 1960
Salary9,278,556 West African CFA francs annually
Websitepresidence.sn

The president of Senegal (French: Président du Sénégal) is the head of state and head of government of Senegal. In accordance with the constitutional reform of 2001 and since a referendum that took place on 20 March 2016, the president is elected for a 5-year term, with a limit of two consecutive terms. The following is a list of presidents of Senegal, since the country gained independence from France in 1960.

Election process

Inauguration

The Senegalese Constitution provides the following oath for the president which must be taken before they enter into office:

"I swear, before God and the people of Senegal, to faithfully execute the office of president of the republic of Senegal, to keep the provisions of the Constitution and laws and to ensure their observance, to devote all my strength to defending constitutional institutions, to defend Senegal's territorial integrity and its independence, and [I swear] to spare no effort to realize the unity of Africa".

Term

Term duration

In January 2001, during Abdoulaye Wade's first term, a constitutional referendum reduced the presidential term from seven to five years.

In July 2008, during Wade's second term, the National Assembly approved a constitutional amendment increasing the length of the presidential term to seven years, as it was prior to the adoption of the 2001 constitution. This extension didn't apply to Abdoulaye Wade's 2007–2012 term.

In 2016, during Macky Sall's first term, per another constitutional referendum, the length of the presidential term was decreased back to five years. The amendments were adopted in constitutional law № 2016-10.

Term limits

As of 2021, there is a two-term limit for the president in the Constitution of Senegal. There was an attempt to modify the term limits in 2012 for Abdoulaye Wade, but it did not materialize.

Privileges

Buildings

Palace of the Republic

The Palace of the Republic (French: Palais de la République) is the presidential residence, located in Dakar in the Plateau district. After having been the official residence of the Governor-General of French West Africa. The construction of the palace in its first state was ordered in 1902 by Gaston Doumergue, Minister of the Colonies, to house in the capital the Governor General of French West Africa who was then residing in Saint-Louis. The architect was Henri Deglane.

List of officeholders

Political parties
Symbols

§ Elected unopposed

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Léopold Sédar Senghor
(1906–2001)
1960
1963
1968
1973

1978
6 September 1960 31 December 1980 20 years, 116 days PSS Mamadou Dia
Abdou Diouf
2 Abdou Diouf
(born 1935)
1983
1988
1993
1 January 1981 1 April 2000 19 years, 91 days PSS Habib Thiam
Moustapha Niasse
Habib Thiam
Mamadou Lamine Loum
3 Abdoulaye Wade
(born 1926)
2000
2007
1 April 2000 2 April 2012 12 years, 1 day PDS Moustapha Niasse
Mame Madior Boye
Idrissa Seck
Macky Sall
Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré
Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye
4 Macky Sall
(born 1961)
2012
2019
2 April 2012 2 April 2024 12 years APR Abdoul Mbaye
Aminata Touré
Mohamed Dionne
Amadou Ba
Sidiki Kaba
5 Bassirou Diomaye Faye
(born 1980)
2024 2 April 2024 Incumbent 16 days PASTEF Sidiki Kaba
Ousmane Sonko

Timeline

Bassirou Diomaye FayeMacky SallAbdoulaye WadeAbdou DioufLéopold Sédar Senghor

Latest election

See also


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