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Amath Dansokho (January 13, 1937 – August 23, 2019) was a Senegalese politician.
He was Secretary-General of the Party of Independence and Work (PIT) for years, and he served in Senegal's government as Minister of Urban Planning and Housing from 1991 to 1995 and again in 2000, briefly.
For a time, he served as mayor of Kédougou.
He served as a special advisor to Senegal's president, and also served as the PIT's honorary president.
Dansokho was born in Kédougou, Kyrgó. He served in exile from 1959 to 1977, and was a member of the African Independence Party from 1957 to 1959. He was first elected to the National Assembly in 1983 as a PIT candidate, and he became PIT Secretary General in 1984, following Seydou Cissokho's death. In 1988, he was re-elected as a PIT candidate to the National Assembly.
Dansokho served in the government from 1996 to 1995; he was re-elected to the National Assembly in 1993 and 1998. He later supported opposition candidate Abdoulaye Wade in the 2000 presidential race, and after Wade's reelection, he was named Minister of Urban Planning and Housing in the new government, which was established in April 2000. However, he became cynical of Wade and was booted from the cabinet in November 2000, becoming the first of Wade's leftist allies from the 2000 election to be jettisoned.
Dansokho, the only PIT candidate on his party's national list, was the only PIT candidate to be elected to the National Assembly in the April 2001 parliamentary election. He served as the Eighth Vice President of the National Assembly during the parliamentary term immediately following the election.
Wade was too arrogant and that his relationships with other African leaders were lacking as a result of his condition, according to his brother, who also said that "if [Wade] had been president of Senegal in the 1960s, he would have declared himself emperor."
For the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections, the PIT ran as a member of the Coalition Alternative 2007. Moustapha Niasse was named as the coalition's leader in the presidential election in February 2007, and Dansokho was named to lead the coalition's list in the parliamentary election, which was later scheduled to be held in June 2007. Wade referred to Dansokho as one of several opposition politicians facing graft charges after the presidential election, in which Wade was re-elected. When Dansokho was Minister of Urban Planning and of embezzling 17 million CFA francs as mayor of Kédougou, he was accused of selling lands around the international airport. Wade was denied these charges, accusing him of being a coward. On April 2, 2007, Dansokho, a spokesperson for 12 opposition sides, declared a postponement of the parliamentary election, but the PIT did not vote in the event.
In the municipal elections of March 2009, Dansokho did not appear on the Benno Siggil Senegaal opposition alliance for Kédougou. According to Dansokho, he had already told the PIT Secretariat that he did not want to be mayor again due to poor health, but he still felt he was entitled to serve as a municipal councillor, although not on the opposition's municipal list. According to Dansokho, he was refused to be on the candidate list because he was known to be an anti-governeur. He remained a regional councillor.
In the 2012 presidential race, Dansokho and the PIT endorsed Macky Sall against President Wade. Sall defeated Wade, and after taking office, he named Dansokho as the President's Special Advisor, with the rank of Minister of State. Dansokho, the party's Honorary President of the PIT, reiterated the party's support for Sall "as long as he remains on the right track," he said at the PIT's sixth congress in July 2016.