In Dakar, President Abdou Diouf was sworn into office with a five year mandate at a special ceremony in the national assembly on April 3.
GV EXTERIOR National assembly building
SV PAN Members of supreme court and others wait (3 shots)
GV President Abdou Diouf arrives in cavalcade to assembly building
SV PAN Diouf enters building, escorted by other officials (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Diouf sworn in
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Background: In Dakar, President Abdou Diouf was sworn into office with a five year mandate at a special ceremony in the national assembly on April 3. The 48-year-old technocrat took over the presidency in 1981 after 10 years as prime minister, when the previous incumbent, poet Leopold Sedar Senghor retired, the first such voluntary step-down in black African history. Mr. Diouf and his Socialist party, in power since independence from France in 1960, won 80 per cent of the vote in the February elections, giving them 111 seats in the 120-seat assembly. The Opposition parties contested the results and said they were a fraud -- a charge denied by the Socialists. The nine opposition members have refused to take their seats. After being sworn in, President Diouf, named his former prime minister, Habib Thiam, as president of the national assembly. He also named Moustapha Niasse, foreign minister since 1981, as prime minister. Mr. Niasse was also asked to form a government.