Senegalese statesman and two-time Prime Minister, Habib Thiam,died on Monday at the age of 84, private Radio Futures Media reported.Specializing in Law and Political Science, Mr. Thiam occupied several high-level positions including Director of the Cabinet of the Foreign Affairs Minister and Justice from the declaration of independence on June 20, 1960.
Thiam also served as head of the Secretary of State to the Presidency under then President Léopold Sédar Senghor.
A member of the Socialist Party, he was elected MP in 1973.
In 1977, Thiam was chosen to become the president of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the National Assembly.
Within his party he was a member of the Political Bureau and was responsible for relations with the press (1969-1975) and international relations (1975-1982).
Abdou Diouf, Senegal’s second President appointed Thiam Prime Minister on 1 January 1981, a position he held until 3 April 1983 before he was replaced by Moustapha Niasse.
After Amadou Cissé Dia’s tenure, he became President of the National Assembly from 1983 to 1984, before giving way to Daouda Sow.
On 8 April 1991 he became Prime Minister and remained in the position until 3 July 1998 when Mamadou Lamine Loum succeeded him.
Thiam was also National Assembly Speaker.