Aminata Touré

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Aminata Touré
Prime Minister of Senegal
In office
1 September 2013 – 8 July 2014
President Macky Sall
Preceded by Abdoul Mbaye
Succeeded by Mohammed Dionne
Personal details
Born (1962-10-12) 12 October 1962 (age 51)
Dakar, Senegal
Political party Alliance for the Republic

Aminata Touré is a Senegalese politician who served as the Prime Minister of Senegal from 1 September 2013 to 4 July 2014.[1] She was the second female Prime Minister of Senegal after Mame Madior Boye, and she previously served as Justice Minister from 2012 to 2013.

Her appointment as Prime Minister was announced while she was[2] pursuing several corruption cases involving former government figures.[3] She vowed to continue the course of "development and improving the living conditions of our citizens."[4] She has been dubbed "Iron Lady" in the press due to her anti-corruption campaign and platform. She has worked for women's rights in her previous career positions.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

In her youth Aminata played football for the Dakar Gazelles. At university,[which?] she worked with the Communist Workers' League as a member and later joined the Movement for Socialism and Unity (MSU). She has worked in programs involved with family planning and reproductive health in Senegal, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire. She also worked for the United Nations Population Fund, where she was program coordinator for the Gender and HIV program in West Africa. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the International School of Management www.ism.edu. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on micro financing of women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Politics[edit]

Justice Minister[edit]

She has worked to tackle corruption.[5] As justice minister she also worked to reform the judicial system by reducing the time that citizens had to wait for trial, and by streamlining the justice system. She initiated audits of former government officials who were in office under former president Abdoulaye Wade, including the former president's son, Karim Wade.

Prime Minister[edit]

Having announced that she was being appointed as prime minister, she then controversially named Sidiki Kaba to replace her as justice minister. He was later criticized due to his work on the decriminalization of homosexuality. Her cabinet was also criticized by feminists as it had only four women in a cabinet of 32 ministers.[2]

On 4 July 2014, she was dismissed as prime minister by parliament following her failure to win a seat from Dakar in the 2014 local elections.[6] President Macky Sall signed a decree that read: "Ms Aminata Toure's functions have been terminated."[7]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Abdoul Mbaye
Prime Minister of Senegal
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Mohammed Dionne