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Senegal Dissolves Senate Arm Of National Assembly To Save Cost

Senegalese lawmakers, who are divided between a 150-seat National Assembly and a 100-seat Senate, voted to do away with the Senate, passing a law, which dissolves the institution in order to save an estimated $15 million.

Minister of Justice Aminata Toure explained that the suppression on Tuesday of the Senate is intended to curb government spending, and would provide the cash needed to help the victims of the yearly rains, which have left thousands homeless and killed at least 13 people.

Unlike the National Assembly, the senate is a relatively recent institution, and has become a symbol of government waste.

It’s been frequently pilloried and described as an instrument of cronyism, a way to reward loyal party workers who did not get elected to the larger National Assembly. Around half the senators are directly appointed by the president.

Congress also voted to abolish the Office of the Vice-President, established in 2009 by then President Abdoulaye Wade, the BBC reports. It has never been occupied.

•Culled from Associated Press

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11 Comments

  1. It is humanly and heavenly sensitive. I commend this brave decisions made for the purpose of progress and development. May senegal continues to grow.

  2. It is mudanely and heavenly sensible. I commend this brave decision made for the purpose of primoting healthy living standard of the senegalese[s], progress and development. May senegal continues to grow.

  3. Nigeria now has two examples to emulate and choose from,we have the Saudi example where the cost of governance was reduced by cutting the salaries and this one of suspending or cancelling the Senate side of the Assembly I will suggest we choose the Senegalese example

  4. This patriotic act by Senegalese Government is impossible to emulate in Nigeria. The Nigeria legislatures are the most selfish legislatures in the whole world, it’s a day dream.

  5. Unfortunately, this can NEVER happen in Nigeria, since the legislatory arm of government is majorly the brain behind our needless spending

  6. To avoid the concentration of absolute power in the hands of the executives, I suggest the Saudi Arabian model.

    1. Considering the fact that emulating the Sénégalais model can be of great socioligical adavantage where by money saving from the procedure can be used to may the stipend of millions of unemployed young graduates which can equally contribute to the progress in the governmental endeavours in enhancing general security in the country.

  7. It is long over due to trim down the size of Nigerian assembly. Apart from being a clog on the progress of nation, it has been a drainage pipe of our scarce resources

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