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Vol 60 No 12

Published 14th June 2019


Senegal

An oily threat to Sall

Hotly-denied suggestions that officials were paid for awarding oil concessions are causing trouble for the President

Ever since BBC television's Panorama current affairs programme revealed apparent evidence that controversial British-based Australian/Romanian businessman Vasile Frank Timis made massive payments to President Macky Sall's brother Aliou Sall, the political scene in Senegal has been in turmoil. The programme alleged that Timis's Senegal company Petro-Tim's employment of Aliou Sall was likely to have influenced the award of the St. Louis Profond and Cayar Profond offshore oil blocks to Petro-Tim. They have now been sold off to BP and Kosmos Energy in a bonanza payday for Timis.

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