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Feminist, Activist Touré Becomes Prime Minister
On Sept. 1, 2013, President Macky Sall dismissed Prime Minister Abdoul Mbaye and his government. Former justice minister Aminata Touré was named new prime minister. Known for her tough stance on corruption, feminist and human rights advocate Touré named her own cabinet within 24 hours of her appointment; the new official lineup included Sidiki Kaba, the former head of the International Federation of Human Rights, as justice minister.
President Sall dismissed Prime Minister Touré in July 2014, after she failed to win a seat in local elections. Mohamed Dionne was named the new prime minster two days later. During her time as prime minister, Touré was criticized by feminists for having only four women in her 32 member cabinet. She also came under attack for choosing Kaba to replace her as justice minister after Kaba came under fire for working to decriminalize homosexuality.