Senegal Prime Minister Toure sacked after poor election

Aminata Toure. Photo: April 2014 Aminata Toure was less than a year in office

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Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Toure has been sacked after her ruling party's poor results in local elections last Sunday.

Local officials said President Macky Sall had asked Ms Toure to stand down, after less than a year in office.

Ms Toure's Alliance for the Republic (APR) was defeated in key cities, according to preliminary results.

Discontent over economic policies contributed to the party's poor results, correspondents say.

"She was sacked. She is no longer the prime minister," a source close to the presidency told Reuters news agency.

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The Senegalese Press Agency reported that Ms Toure had left the government.

Her departure opens the way for President Sall to try to speed up his reform process, aimed at creating more jobs.

In March 2012, election Mr Sall defeated Abdoulaye Wade - who had been president for 12 years - promising to tackle poverty and corruption.

Senegal is seen as a beacon of democracy in West Africa and remains the region's only country never to have had a military coup.

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