Socialist Party of Senegal

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Socialist Party of Senegal
Founder Léopold Sédar Senghor
First Secretary Ousmane Tanor Dieng
Founded 1958 (as UPS)
1976 (as PS)
Preceded by Senegalese Popular Bloc
Headquarters Hann Bel-Air, Dakar
Ideology 1958-1976:
African nationalism
African socialism
1976-present:
Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Progressive Alliance
Socialist International
National Assembly
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The Socialist Party of Senegal (Parti Socialiste du Sénégal, PS) is a political party in Senegal. It was the ruling party in Senegal from independence in 1960 until 2000. Ousmane Tanor Dieng has been the First Secretary of the party since 1996. The best-known figure of the PS was the late poet and president, Léopold Sédar Senghor.

In the 2000 presidential election, the party's candidate, long-time president Abdou Diouf, was defeated by the leader of the Senegalese Democratic Party, Abdoulaye Wade, in a second round of voting. Diouf received the most votes, 41.3%, in the first round, but in the second round he received only 41.51% against Wade.[1] In the parliamentary election held on 29 April 2001, the party won 17.4% of the popular vote and 10 out of 120 seats.[1][2] Tanor Dieng was the party's candidate in the February 2007 presidential election; he took third place with 13.56% of the vote.[3] The party participated in a boycott of the June 2007 parliamentary election.

The Socialist Party is a full member of the Socialist International.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elections in Senegal, African Elections Database.
  2. ^ 2001 parliamentary election, IPU PARLINE.
  3. ^ "Le texte intégral de la décision du Conseil constitutionnel", Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (Seneweb.com), March 11, 2007 (French).
  4. ^ List of Socialist International member parties.

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