Two days after the presidential elections, Senegalese government carried out a minor reshuffle on Tuesday after five ministers from the African Party for Democracy and Socialism (AJ-PADS) resigned at the request of their leader, local press reported on Wednesday.
The move by AJ-PADS which has been an ally of the ruling Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) left five ministerial positions vacant.
Those who resigned were Industry Minister Bineta Ba Samb, Institutional Relations Minister Awa Fall Diop as well as Trade and Consumption Minister Mamadou Diop "Decroix", in addition to Landing Savane, state minister of industry and Bassirou Sarr, minister advisor to the President of Senegal, according to the Senegalese daily Le Soleil on Wednesday.
The first three ministers were replaced respectively by Madicke Niang, Bacar Dia and Khoureychi Thiam in accordance with a presidential decree, according to the daily.
While speaking at a private radio, the party's spokesman Maieye Mbodj said that "the reasons which justified our collaboration with President Abdoulaye Wade have changed and we have acted accordingly."
"This is why we asked all our ministers serving in Wade's government to resign," the spokesman explained.
Incumbent Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade garnered 53.76 percent of votes cast during the first round of presidential elections, according to the provisional results of 24 of Senegal's 35 departments.
The Independent National Electoral Commission started the process of counting votes on Tuesday afternoon, aiming to releasing the provisional results of the elections.