Dakar - Senegal's president, Macky Sall, on Friday sacked the mayor of Dakar, one of the country's most popular politicians, after an appeal court upheld a five-year jail term against him.
"Mr. Khalifa Abacar Sall has been relieved of his duties as mayor of the city of Dakar," a presidential decree said.
Sall, 62, on Thursday lost a legal battle to overturn a five-year sentence for fraudulent use of public funds, a charge that he denied and said was politically motivated.
The ruling bars Sall from running in presidential elections due next February if he fails to reverse the verdict at the Supreme Court. He shares the same family name as the president, but is not related to him.
The trial was closely followed, throwing a spotlight on Sall's popularity and stirring debate over next year's elections if he were to be convicted.