President Leopold Senghor of Senegal arrived in the city of Thies on Tuesday (10 January) to begin his five-day tour of the surrounding region.
President Leopold Senghor of Senegal arrived in the city of Thies on Tuesday (10 January) to begin his five-day tour of the surrounding region. His tour is part of the election campaign he launched last December for the first multi-party elections to be held in the country since 19???.
SYNOPSIS: President Senghor got a lively welcome as he arrived in Thies, the main town in an area with a population of 720,000. This is Senegal's second most industrial region.
President Senghor's election campaign began last December with a tour of the northern region of L???uga. The elections due to be held next month, are historic. His Senegalese Progressive Union has ruled unchallenged since 1966, when all opposition parties were outlawed, and it won all 100 seats in the National Assembly at the last elections in 1973. This time however, his party -- renamed the Socialist Party -- will be opposed.
That opposition comes from the Democratic Party and the Marxist-Leninist African Independence Party. Both were legalised by the National Assembly in 1976 as part of President Senghor's plan to bring about a multi-party democracy.
The President's official duties on the first day of this tour included a visit to the main railway station at Thies, situated in the Place de France. Here he met the railway's Director General, talked to local Trade Union officials, and inspected new rolling-stock. Later, he visited a forest on the outskirts of the city.