Senegal President Fires Prime Minister After 10 Months in Office

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Aminata Toure, appointed in September as Senegal’s second female prime minister, was removed from the position with immediate effect, the president’s office said in an e-mailed statement. Close

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Aminata Toure, appointed in September as Senegal’s second female prime minister, was removed from the position with immediate effect, the president’s office said in an e-mailed statement.

Senegalese President Macky Sall fired Prime Minister Aminata Toure after 10 months in office following municipal elections last week.

Toure, appointed in September as the West African nation’s second female prime minister, was removed from the position with immediate effect, the president’s office said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. It didn’t give a reason for the decision.

Toure probably lost a seat in municipal elections held June 29, state-owned Radiodiffusion Television Senegalaise reported late yesterday. The official results of the vote haven’t yet been published, the broadcaster said. Sall, who won presidential elections in March 2012, fired Toure’s predecessor after about 18 months in office.

Sall has pledged to boost growth and create jobs by pushing an economic reform plan that included an audit of the government payroll and the removal of almost 60 state agencies seen as too costly. The economy will probably expand 4.9 percent this year, from 3.5 percent in 2013, the International Monetary Fund said July 2.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Bowker in Johannesburg at jbowker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andres R. Martinez at amartinez28@bloomberg.net John Bowker, Zoe Schneeweiss

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