Senegalese President Abdou Diouf was sworn into office for a five year mandate on April 3, having been overwhelmingly returned in elections five weeks previously.
GV President of Senegal, Abdou Diouf, taking the salute
SV Troops watch as President Diouf decorates General Waly Faye (2 shots)
SV Prime Minister Moustapha Niasse, decorating officers
GVs Youth march-past (2 shots)
GV Children in march-past carrying poster
GV Old soldiers
GV President Diouf watches police motorcycle procession
GVs Procession of armoured vehicles (2 shots)
GVs Ceremonial horsemen followed by military personnel (2 shots)
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Background: Senegalese President Abdou Diouf was sworn into office for a five year mandate on April 3, having been overwhelmingly returned in elections five weeks previously. The next day he officiated at Senegal's Independence Day ceremony at which senior officers were decorated. Mr. Diouf, who is 48, became President in 1981 ten years as Prime Minister. He took over when Poet-President Leopold Sedar Senghor retired, the first such voluntary step-down in Black African history. Mr. Diouf and the Socialist Party, in power since independence from France in 1960, won 80 per cent of the vote in last February's polls. Opposition parties contested the results and accused the Socialists of electoral fraud. As a result, the nine opposition deputies in the 120-seat national assembly have refused to sit. On April 2, President Diouf named his former prime minister. Habib Thiam, president of the assembly. Mr. Diouf later named as Prime Minister Moustapha Niasse, who had been foreign minister since 1981. Mr. Niasse's new government has young technocrats replacing several of the established party figures. During the Independence Day ceremony children and old soldiers took part in a march-past, and motorcycles, armoured vehicles and horse columns were seen in procession.