Country OverviewGovernment and legal system:  Republic.Political trends: Senegal gained independence from France in 1960.  The country has enjoyed a relatively stable political environment since then.  The Casamance region in the south has experienced occasional interruptions of this stability from the Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) since 1980.  The activities of the MFDC have largely subsided in recent years.  Regardless, Senegal is one of the region’s most secure democracies.

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