Senegalese President Macky Sall has taken Oath of allegiance promising to abide by the country’s constitution while executing his duties as head of state.
“Before God and before the Senegalese nation, I swear to fulfill faithfully the office of President of the Republic of Senegal,” he said.
President Paul Kagame was among dozens of heads of state and government that flocked the city of Diamniadio for the swearing-in ceremony of President Macky Sall.
President Macky Sall is assuming the second term in office. He won with 58.26% of the vote cast on 24 February.
“This renewed trust motivates me to work twice as hard, to do more and better,” Macky Sall told a gathering outside the presidential palace.
The constitutional council confirmed that runner-up Idrissa Seck secured 21 percent of the votes, while Ousmane Sonko came third with 16 percent.
Last year, the Senegalese leader announced plans to build a $2 billion futuristic city in Diamniadio to help cut down on an overcrowding population in Dakar.
Through his ambitious scheme “Emergent Senegal,” a $7.5 billion economic development plan, Macky Sall is building a new airport, train line and motorway for the Dakar capital.
The African presidents at the event include Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Sahle Work Zewde, Ethiopia, Paul Kagame, Rwanda, Andriy Rajoelina, Madagascar, Roch March Kabore, Burkina Faso, Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast, George Weah, Liberia, Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, Mali and Mahamadou Issoufou, Niger.