SENEGAL-JUSTICE-REFORMS / Bassirou Diomaye Faye: ”I am not obsessed with my presence at the High Council of the Judiciary” – Senegalese Press Agency

SENEGAL-JUSTICE-REFORMS / Bassirou Diomaye Faye: ”I am not obsessed with my presence at the High Council of the Judiciary” – Senegalese Press Agency
SENEGAL-JUSTICE-REFORMS / Bassirou Diomaye Faye: ”I am not obsessed with my presence at the High Council of the Judiciary” – Senegalese Press Agency

Dakar, July 4 (APS) – The President of the Republic, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, made it clear on Thursday in Dakar that sitting on the High Council of the Judiciary (CSM) and chairing it, one of his functions, was not an “obsession” for him.

If most of the actors in the judicial system want the President of the Republic to leave this body, “I will no longer remain in the High Council of the Judiciary. I am not obsessed with it”, maintained Mr. Faye while receiving the final report of the justice conference (May 28-June 4) at the Palace of the Republic.

“I want to make it clear that I have no intention of staying there or leaving. I am totally neutral with regard to the High Council of the Judiciary,” insisted the Head of State.

The arguments put forward by the magistrates for the presence of the President of the Republic at the CSM must be further supported, according to Bassirou Diomaye Faye. “But I think that the reasons why the magistrates want the President of the Republic to remain there deserve to be” taken into account, he said.

“After all, it is for them that we wish to be independent,” said the head of state, proposing that “we can think more deeply” about this subject.

In Bassirou Diomaye Faye’s opinion, the decision to be taken must be based on convincing arguments. “If we hold discussions without” making a decision regarding “my presence on the High Council of the Judiciary, I will not remain there,” he argued.

Actors in the Senegalese judicial system and legal specialists often argue that the presence of the head of state at the CSM and the fact that he heads this body constitutes a threat to the independence of the judiciary.

Mr. Faye invited Professor Babacar Guèye, who led the justice conference, as well as his colleagues, to begin the preliminary steps for reforms concerning the Constitutional Court, the judge of liberties, long preventive detentions, etc.

Reforms must ensure flexibility of the judicial system

“I would like to tell Professor Babacar Guèye that the work resulting from the justice conference will not be put away in drawers,” assured the President of the Republic.

The efforts made by the participants in the conference will not be in vain, he said, suggesting that the planned reforms will be carried out.

Those that will require a significant financial impact will however have to be approved by the Ministry of Finance and Budget before being carried out, according to Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

“Concerning the reforms that do not have a financial impact, on which the stakeholders agreed during the justice conference, we can see tomorrow the ways and means of materializing them,” he assured.

Mr Faye believes that reforms must ensure the flexibility of the judicial system and protect it from disruption.

“The country is going through a situation where we must approach the implementation of all reforms in a gentle manner,” he added.

Other meetings will take place concerning political life and the system of remuneration of civil servants and state agents, announced the President of the Republic.

“The Senegalese people can […] feel the need to review all the reforms undertaken because the objectives pursued have not been achieved,” he noted, considering that the expected changes must take place in “an inclusive, constructive and conscientious approach.”

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