A new speaker of parliament has been voted in Senegal after hours of drama between parliamentarians from the ruling and opposition coalitions.
On Monday, Amadou Mame Diop, a member of the ruling coalition, Benno Bokk Yakarr emerged as the new speaker of parliament.
Mame Diop, the mayor of Richard Told in the saint Louis region is expected to govern the 14th legislature in Senegal.
The vote was contentious and required the intervention of the gendarmes after members of the opposition coalition alleged violation of a certain provision of the parliament.
According to the constitutional provision, an elected MP who is serving as minister of the republic cannot take part in the process.
However, many Senegalese have expressed their indignation at the show by the MPs.
Moussa Diaw, who teaches political science at the Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, is one of them.
He believes that the government has achieved its goal by placing its candidate at the head of the assembly but in conditions that do not honour the parliamentary institution.