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Born on 11/12/1951 (format : day/month/year)Biography :
Macky sall born December 11, 1951 is a Senegalese politician He is the president-elect of Senegal and will be inaugurated to the position on 1 April 2012. He was the Prime Minister of Senegal from April 2004 to June 2007 and was President of the National Assembly of Senegal from June 2007 to November 2008. He was the Mayor of Fatick (where he was born) from 2002 to 2008 and has held that post again since April 2009.
Sall, 50, is a geologist by training who worked for years under Wade. The two, however, had a subsequent falling out and Wade has been describing Sall as an apprentice who has not yet taken in "the lessons of his mentor."
Wade's image began to suffer after he started giving an increasing share of power to his son Karim, who was derisively called "the minister of the sky and the earth" after he was handed control of multiple ministries including infrastructure and energy.
The president also tried to rush a law through parliament that would have reduced the percentage a candidate needed to win on the first round from 50 to around 25%. He was forced to scrap the proposal after riots immobilized the capital.
Sall was born to a modest family in the western city of Fatick, to a civil servant father and a mother who sold groundnuts.
He graduated from Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University with a degree in geology, before heading to France to further his education in the field.
After he left Wade's government he went on to create his liberal Republican Alliance, under which he was elected mayor of Fatick in 2009 — a year the opposition claimed several large towns in legislative polls as dissatisfaction with Wade grew.
A tall, plump man, Sall is nicknamed “Niangal” in the local Wolof language, referring to his closed, austere expression, while he comes across as naive.
But his entourage says appearances are deceiving.
“He is not as docile as he seems,” said El Hadji Wack Ly, a lawmaker with Wade’s ruling Senegalese Democratic Party.
“He is a firm man who keeps his word.”
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