Idrissa Seck

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Idrissa Seck
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Prime Minister of Senegal
In office
November 4, 2002 – July 21, 2004
PresidentAbdoulaye Wade
Preceded byMame Madior Boye
Succeeded byMacky Sall
Personal details
Born (1959-08-09) 9 August 1959 (age 62)
Thiès, Senegal
Political partySenegalese Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Ndèye Penda Tall

Idrissa Seck (born August 9, 1959[1]) is a Senegalese politician who was Prime Minister of Senegal from November 2002 to July 2004. He was a leading member of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) and was considered a protégé of President Abdoulaye Wade, but he subsequently went into opposition and was a candidate in the February 2007 presidential election, taking second place with about 15% of the vote.[2]


He was born in Thiès[1][3] and studied in Paris as well as at Princeton University.[4] He joined the PDS when he was 15 years old and was Wade's campaign director in the February 1988 presidential election.[3]

Seck served as Minister of Trade, Crafts, and Industrialization as an opposition member of Abdou Diouf's government.[3] He became deputy leader of the PDS in 1998, replacing Ousmane Ngom.[3] After Wade took office in April 2000, he appointed Seck as Minister of State and Director of the Cabinet.[5] The PDS was restructured after this election; Seck's position of Executive Secretary was eliminated and he instead became Deputy National Secretary. He also became Mayor of Thiès.[3]

Seck was appointed as prime minister by Wade on November 4, 2002, replacing Mame Madior Boye; this was the first time that Wade had appointed a prime minister from the PDS since he took office as president.[6] Seck served as Prime Minister until April 21, 2004, when he was dismissed by Wade.[7]

Seck was detained in July 2005 for alleged corruption in connection with a road project in Thiès,[8][9] and he was additionally charged with threatening state security. In a decision made on August 4 and announced on August 6, he was expelled from the PDS by its steering committee, along with three of his supporters: Papa Diouf, Awa Gueye Kebe, and Oumar Sarr.[9] He never faced trial;[10][11] on January 27, 2006, the charge of threatening state security was dismissed,[12] and in early February the corruption charges were also partially dismissed and he was released from prison.[13] On April 4, 2006, he announced his intention to run for president in 2007.[10][11]

On September 24, 2006, Seck announced the formation of a new party, Rewmi[14] (Wolof for "the country"[15]). On January 22, 2007, Wade said that Seck had agreed to return to the PDS.[16] Seck confirmed this on February 1, but said that he would still run for president.[15]

According to final results released after the presidential election, which was held on February 25, 2007, Seck took second place with 14.92% of the vote, falling far behind Wade, who won a majority in the first round.[2] He won one of the country's 34 departments, that of Thiès.[17] Following the election, Wade announced that several opposition leaders would face prosecution for corruption, including Seck. Wade said that Seck had stolen 40 billion CFA francs and deposited the money abroad; he also said that Seck would not be his successor.[18] Subsequently, after the final results were released on March 11, Seck congratulated Wade on his victory;[19] he was the only major opposition leader to do so.[20]

Seck's Rewmi party participated in a boycott of the June 2007 parliamentary election, announced in early April. Seck said that Wade had broken off dialogue with the opposition and that it would reconsider the boycott if he engaged in dialogue.[21]

After the election, a rapprochement between Wade and Seck and their respective parties began, and Seck sought to return to the PDS. On August 13, 2007, Wade said that the PDS steering committee would have to decide whether or not to readmit Seck and his supporters into the party.[22] Seck and Wade met for several hours on January 12, 2009, and afterwards Seck announced that the two had resolved their "misunderstandings" and had reconciled.[23]

Following the March 2009 local election in Thiès, Seck was again elected as Mayor of Thiès on April 21, 2009. He received 64 out of 69 votes from the municipal councillors.[24]


  1. ^ a b "Decision of the Constitutional Council on presidential candidacies" (in French). January 26, 2007. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Le texte intégral de la décision du Conseil constitutionnel". (in French). Agence de Presse Sénégalaise. March 11, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e Olivia Marsaud (November 6, 2002). "La consécration d'Idrissa Seck" [The consecration of Idrissa Seck]. (in French). Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Simpson, Chris (November 11, 2002). "Senegal's premier party hack". BBC News. Dakar. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "New Senegalese government in place", AFP (IOL), April 4, 2000. Retrieved February 12, 2007. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Abou Abel Thiam (November 11, 2002). "Quand Wade sort son joker". (in French). Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2008.
  7. ^ "Senegal gets new PM", Reuters (IOL), April 22, 2004. Retrieved January 7, 2007. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Gelfand, Lauren (July 15, 2005). "Former Senegalese PM in police custody". IOL. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Senegal sacks former PM Seck", AFP (IOL), August 6, 2005. Retrieved January 7, 2007. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b "President’s onetime protégé to run for election", IRIN, April 5, 2006. Retrieved April 6, 2006.
  11. ^ a b "Seck will challenge Wade in Senegal election", Reuters (IOL), April 5, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2007. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Former Senegalese premier cleared of threatening state security", Radio France Internationale (, January 30, 2006.
  13. ^ "Former Senegalese premier freed", Radio France Internationale (, February 8, 2006.
  14. ^ "Idrissa Seck lance le parti Rewmi pour "sauver le pays"" [Idrissa Seck launches Rewmi party to "save the country"]. (in French). Panapress. September 24, 2006. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
  15. ^ a b "Former Senegalese Premier returns to ruling party, but insists on presidency"[permanent dead link], African Press Agency, February 1, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2007.[dead link]
  16. ^ "Wade makes peace with former prime minister", Reuters (IOL), January 23, 2007. Retrieved January 23, 2007. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Abdoulaye Wade passe au premier tour avec 55,07%, selon des chiffres provisoires", Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (, March 1, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2007. (in French).
  18. ^ "Senegal President goes after opposition leaders", afrol News, March 2, 2007. Retrieved March 3, 2007.
  19. ^ "ALORS QUE ME WADE RELANCE LE DOSSIER DES FONDS POLITIQUES, Idy le félicite pour avoir gagné la présidentielle", SudQuotidien (, March 12, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2007. (in French).
  20. ^ Hamadou Tidiane Sy, "Wade reconciles with former PM but questions still unanswered, Daily Nation (Kenya), January 13, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
  21. ^ Diadie Ba, "Senegal's opposition to boycott elections", Reuters (IOL), April 2, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2007. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Le retour d'Idrissa Seck au PDS n'est pas encore effectif". (in French). Xinhua News Agency. August 14, 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2007.
  23. ^ "Sacked former PM, Wade reconcile", AFP (IOL), January 12, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2009 Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ "Mairie de Thiès: Idrissa Seck de retour" [Mayor of Thies: Idrissa Seck is back]. (in French). April 21, 2009. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Senegal
4 November 2002 – 21 April 2004
Succeeded by