President Leopold Senghor of Senegal was sworn into a new term of office in Dakar on Sunday (2 April).
GV EXT National Assembly building
GV President Senghor arrives in motorcade and is greeted by robed councillors
GV President Senghor being escorted by Councillors into building
SCU Supreme Council member entering chamber
GV Assembly watch as President Senghor enters (3 shots)
SV Supreme Council swearing-in President Senghor
SV & CU President Senghor taking oath of office
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Background: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal was sworn into a new term of office in Dakar on Sunday (2 April). His five year re-appointment follows the success of his Socialist party in last month's elections, in which opposition party candidates contested seats for the first time since independence in 1960.
SYNOPSIS: The venue for the swearing-in ceremony was the National Assembly building in Dakar. President Senghor's re-appointment follows last month's historic elections in which opposition parties fielded candidates for the first time since the one-party system was renounced two years ago. Robed councillors were on hand to greet President Senghor, whose ruling Socialist Party have been returned to office with a majority of more than 80 per cent.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Senegalese Supreme Council headed by their president Mr. Keba Mbaye. The country's 1.5 million registered voters had a choice of three parties in February's election...the ruling Socialist Party, the Centre-Left Democratic Party, and the Communist Independent African Party. And following the result, there have been allegations from opposition leader Abdoulaye Wade that certain electoral malpractices took place. In response to this, he has threatened to conduct demonstrations to protest against the legitimacy of the result. This threat has been taken seriously by the Government, who have banned all public demonstrations in the country until further notice.