Senegal. In January, the country’s fleet seized a Russian fishing vessel accused of illegal fishing in Senegal’s territorial waters. After the owner paid a fine of US $ 1.2 million, the ship was able to leave Senegal.
According to Countryaah.com, Senegal population in 2020 is estimated at 16,743,938. An economic plan to support more than US $ 4 billion from Germany, the EU and the World Bank was presented by President Macky Sall in April. In addition to major investments in agriculture, infrastructure and tourism, projects are underway to get the economy started in the troubled Casamance region of south-eastern Senegal. Despite one of the leaders of the separatist movement Casamance’s Democratic Forces (MFDC) announcing unilateral ceasefire at the end of April, battles with the government army again broke out the following month.
In July, the trial began against Karim Wade, the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade. Karim Wade, who held several ministerial posts during his father’s twelve years in power, was indicted in April 2013 for corruption. He is suspected of having acquired shares in companies that operated the port and airport in the capital Dakar via companies in tax havens. In April, Abdoulaye Wade returned to Senegal to support his son. The president was met by hundreds of supporters, accusing current president Macky Sall of trying to get rid of competitors ahead of the upcoming presidential election.
The June local elections became a serious hardship for Macky Sall’s Alliance for the Republic (APR) party. Among other things, the Prime Minister lost Aminata Touré since September 2013 in his constituency in Dakar. The following month, the president fired her and instead appointed her adviser Mohamed Dionne as new head of government.
Fears that the epidemic of Ebola fever that ravaged West Africa since spring would spread to Senegal caused the government to close its border with Guinea in August, one of the worst affected countries. However, at the end of the month, a fall was observed in Senegal, a student who has been to Guinea. However, the man survived and in October, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Senegal free of Ebola fever.