Presidential candidate Seck hires lobbyist in Washington
Officially, the contract has no direct link to the former Prime Minister's political activities.
Senegal's military bigwigs are unhappy at a recent overhaul of the army hierarchy. The President's veteran aide-de-camp, Meissa Cellé Ndiaye, is suspected of placing his favourite as the new army chief of staff, even as the president himself is facing accusations of nepotism.
The Senegalese president must appoint a handful of senior officials this month, including a new prime minister - and these are decisions that the setback of the government majority in the legislative elections of July has made more strategic than ever.
The Alliance pour la République (APR), the party that carried Macky Sall to victory in the last two presidential elections, is faced with major internal dissensions. Apart from wars between party leaders, the APR is struggling to maintain party unity at its local branches.
Macky Sall pays great attention to his public image, which is handled by a small group of advisers based at the president's office. They are currently trying to restore his reputation after it took a heavy knock in the violent demonstrations of March.