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Senegal's president replaces prime minister

Justice Minister Aminata Toure named new PM after Abdoul Mbaye was dismissed by President Macky Sall.

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Abdoul Mbaye had been chosen for the prime minister's post right after President Sall's 2012 election victory [AFP]

Senegal's President Macky Sall has fired Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye, replacing him with Justice Minister Aminata Toure.

"The president has asked me to form and lead a new government...I have accepted the job," Toure said.

Presidential spokesman Abou Abel Thiam did not disclose the reason of announcing Mbaye’s departure on Sunday.

Mbaye, who was not a member of any political party, had been chosen for the post right after Sall's March 2012 election victory.

Mbaye studied in Senegal and France's top business schools and previously worked at West Africa's BCEAO central bank.

He has been credited with turning around several ailing private banks in the country.

Sall won a hotly contested presidential election in 2012 against veteran incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, promising to tackle poverty and corruption as a priority and reduce the cost of running the West African state's government.

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