Ousmane Tanor Dieng was appointed by President Macky Sall as President of the High Council of local government authorities (HCCT) of Senegal. This new institution, created following the constitutional referendum of 20 March, will help strengthen decentralisation by promoting the active involvement of local authorities in the definition and implementation of national public policies. As the current Secretary-General of the Socialist Party, Dieng is a well-known figure in Senegalese politics. Born in 1947 in Nguénienne he graduated from the University of Dakar (UCAD), the National School of Administration (ENAM) and the Graduate School of Public Works (ESTP). He held several high-level administrative positions from 1976 on, including in the office of the president, where he was a diplomatic adviser, first to Leopold Sedar Senghor and then to Abdou Diouf, who appointed him as a minister in 1993. A member of the Socialist Party since 1988, he went on to lead the party in 1996 and ran for president in the 2007 elections, which were ultimately won by the incumbent, President Abdoulaye Wade. He was a candidate for president again in 2012, but was eliminated in the first round of voting after receiving 13% of the vote. He finally supported the candidate Macky Sall in the second round.
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