Jun 25, 2019

Senegal president’s brother resigns over gas deal allegations

The brother of Senegal's president Macky Sall has resigned from a government post, as the fallout from a report into alleged improprieties relating to a natural gas deal involving BP continued to roil the west African nation. The BBC report last month alleged that a company run by Aliou Sall received secret payments from a company that secured two offshore gas licences, which have been the source of controversy in Senegal since they were first awarded seven years ago. The report has consumed Senegal since it aired, with protesters gathering in Dakar to demand better stewardship of some of the world's biggest gas reserves. US-based Kosmos Energy then discovered the largest offshore gas deposits in west Africa between Senegal and Mauritania. In 2012, Aliou Sall led Frank Timis's Senegal subsidiary when the administration of President Abdoulaye Wade awarded it two offshore permits.

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