INTRODUCTION: Senegal's new President, Mr.
GV INTERIOR PAN Members of Senegal's Supreme Court standing behind long table, at Supreme Court building, Dakar, Senegal
GV President-elect. Mr. Abdou Diouf sits in chair
SV Judges listen as Mr. Diouf, with open hand raised, takes oath in French
GV EXTERIOR President Diouf walks past saluting guard outside court building and crowd applaud form roadside (2 shots)
SV Open limousine with Mr. Diouf in back seat drives through streets in cavalcade, headed by mounted horse guards and flanked by motorcyclists (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Senegal's new President, Mr. Abdou Diouf, announced his new Cabinet on Friday (2 January), one day after his installation as the new head of state in the West African country. The heads of most major ministries--foreign affairs, justice, culture, and finance and supply--retained their portfolios. French-educated Mr. Diouf was sworn in as President just 24 hours after the voluntary retirement of President Leopold Sedar Senghor.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Diouf who was declared presidential successor under Senegal's constitution in 1976, was sworn in at the Supreme Court in Dakar on New Year's Day. His succession, at the age of only 45, belies his experience of ten years as Senegal's Prime Minister.
Mr. Diouf takes over as one of Africa's very few heads of state to lead a multi-party parliamentary government. Exactly 30 years younger than Leopold Senghor, he has pledged to consolidate and reinforce democracy in Senegal, and within hours of his installation, was calling on politicians of all persuasions in the country to avoid excesses which might lead to confusion.
President Senghor has denied allegations that he resigned because of worsening economic crises in Senegal. But he still leaves Mr. Diouf with a serious financial problem, after the worst drought in the country since independence from France 20 years ago.
Mr. Diouf, recognized as an able technocrat and administrator in unproved politically, but is highly regarded to Mr. Senghor. The new Senegalese leader has promised to continue the policies of his predecessor, and says he will follow a programme of economic austerity, fighting waste and corruption. Elections are not due in Senegal until 1983.