Dakar, July 17 (APS): President Mikhail Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told IBK that the former president of the Superior Council of the local authorities was "a good man, generous and courteous," according to statements by his Senegalese counterpart.
"Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has instructed us to testify that Ousmane Tanor Dieng was a good, generous and kind man," said Macky Sall during his speech at the national tribute to the former president of L & # 39; HCCT on Wednesdays. Blaise Diagne Diass International Airport (AIBD).
After this tribute, the two presidents went to Nguéniène, birthplace of Ousmane Tanor Dieng, for burial.
"We've lost a man of exceptional dimensions," said Macky Sall.
"This day is sad because we have just welcomed him and we will accompany him to his last home, our last son. He is a man who ignored the day of rest and holidays," said the head of the Senegalese State.
According to Macky Sall, the former president of the HCCT had "an exceptional career as a statesman, methodical, sober and discreet."
"It was maintained because it knows the ethics." Tanor was a politician of great value, was courteous and serene at all times, and his dignity never failed in power and in opposition. He had a different vision of politics, respected the adversary and the best interests of the nation, "said Macky Sall.
The president of the Republic affirmed that, from his relationship with the former Secretary General of the Socialist Party (PS) in 2009 and then to Benno Bokk Yakaar (ABY), he was "a faithful and honest partner" .
Macky Sall raised the former president of the HCCT to the official rank of the National Order of León.
Ousmane Tanor Dieng, president of the High Council of Local Authorities of Macky Sall, directed this institution in 2016 until his death on Monday in France, where, according to his entourage, he was receiving treatment for months.
He was adviser to the first president of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor, then cabinet director of Abdou Diouf, successor to the latter.
Ousmane Tanor Dieng served as Minister of State for Services and Presidential Affairs of Abdou Diouf, who succeeded as head of the PS after the defeat of this party in the presidential elections of February and March 2000.
The candidate was not successful in the presidential elections of 2007 and 2012, Ousmane Tanor Dieng, leader of the Socialist International, became an ally of Macky Sall.
He supported him in the second round of the 2012 presidential elections and was one of his most important allies in the presidential election of February 24, 2019.
Ousmane Tanor Dieng, 72, now resides in his hometown with his father.