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Senegal: Macky Sall’s top priorities when he takes over the African Union in February

By Mawunyo Hermann Boko

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Posted on January 3, 2022 19:08

Firefox_Screenshot_2022-01-03T16-46-13.242Z © Macky Sall in Paris, 27 August 2020. ROMUALD MEIGNEUX/SIPA
Macky Sall in Paris, 27 August 2020. ROMUALD MEIGNEUX/SIPA

Senegal’s President Macky Sall, who is due to take over the reins of the African Union (AU) in February 2022, will inherit many pressing issues, including ‘forever-transition’ governments, economic recovery and managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the fourth time in the country’s history, Senegal will be running the African Union (AU). After Léopold Sédar Senghor (1980) and Abdou Diouf (1985 and 1992), it is now Macky Sall’s turn to preside over the continent’s destiny by taking over the AU for a year, starting February 2022. To say that expectations are high is an understatement.

In 2021, plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic, Félix Tshisekedi’s term in office ended with a mixed record. Although it marked “the DRC’s return to the diplomatic scene”, according to the Congolese president, numerous crises had also taken place. These included three coups d’état in West Africa and a serious political crisis in Ethiopia, where the AU headquarters is located.

Sall is expected to take over the reins of the organisation in Addis Ababa. He will inherit Tshisekedi’s task of trying to find a solution to the conflict between Ethiopian

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