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Senegal

Republic of Senegal
République du Sénégal

Political Status: Former French dependency, independent since August 20, 1960; presidential system established under constitution promulgated March 7, 1963; Senegalese-Gambian Confederation of Senegambia, formed with effect from February 1, 1982, dissolved as of September 30, 1989.

Area: 75, 750 sq. mi. (196, 192 sq. km.).

Population: 9, 855, 338 (2002C); 12, 866, 000 (2010E).

Major Urban Center (2005E): DAKAR (2, 167, 000).

Official Language: French.

Monetary Unit: CFA Franc (official rate November 1, 2010: 472.31 francs = $1US). The CFA franc, previously pegged to the French franc, is now permanently pegged to the euro at 655.957 francs = 1 euro.

President: Abdoulaye WADE (Senegalese Democratic Party); elected in second-round balloting on March 19, 2000, and inaugurated for a seven-year term on April 1 in succession to Abdou ...

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