Senegal's capital city, Dakar, is the furthest western point of Africa. Despite a low-level separatist insurgency in the country’s southern Casamance region, Senegal remains one of the continent's most stable democracies. Macky Sall won the 2012 presidential election ending the ambitions of Abdoulaye Wade for a third presidential term. Since a constitutional referendum in 2016, presidents are limited to a maximum of two consecutive five year terms. However, President Sall will serve out his current full term until 2019. A former French colony, its official language is French.
Senegal is a founding member of the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS).
Major commodities include peanuts, petroleum, fish, phosphates and cotton. While unemployment is high, the country has one of the region's most stable economies.
Australia is represented in Senegal through our High Commission in Accra, Ghana.
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