Aminata Toure is Senegal's new prime ministerBy TAMBA JEAN-MATTHEW | Monday, September 2 2013 at 10:45
Senegal's President Macky Sall on Sunday named Aminata Toure as the new premier hours after her predecessor was sacked.
Ms Touré who is expected to form a cabinet before the end of the week, has pledged to work harder to safeguard the country's image at home and abroad.
The former Justice Minister, 51, takes over from Mr Abdoul Mbaye, who was led the government of President Sall since April 2, 2012.
Ms Aminata Toure is Senegal’s second female Prime Minister, after Mame Madior Boye, who was ex-President Abdoulaye Wade's first premier but lost the post after the historic ferry wreck that killed nearly 2000 people in 2002.
Explaining Mr Sall's decision, a presidential spokesman Abou Abel Thiam said the move was in keeping with the president's decision "to ensure greater efficiency in the government".
But critics say the sacking of Abdoul Mbaye could be linked to his connection with the finances of the former Chadian dictator.
In 1990 when Hissene Habré was granted asylum in Senegal, it is alleged that he deposited an impresive fortune with Mr. Abdoul Mbaye's banking institution.
President Sall's detractors have been hot on the heel of the leader to investigate and sack his premier who was championing Senegal's present drive against ill-gotten wealth.
Mr Mbaye was constrained to face legislators two months ago and during which he acknowledged having had connections with the finances of the former Chadian dictator, but he argued that he did so in his capacity then as a private banker.
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