Senegal abolishes Senate to cut government spending
on 20/09/2012 08:38:43
Minister of Justice Aminata Toure explained that the suppression of the Senate is intended to curb government spending, and will provide the cash needed to help the victims of the yearly rains which have left thousands homeless.
Unlike the national assembly, the senate is a relatively recent institution, and has become a symbol of government waste.
It has 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.