Togo Appoints First Female Prime Minister, Dogbe

Togo Appoints First Female Prime Minister, Dogbe

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Togo Prime Minister,Victories Dogbe

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday named the first-ever female prime minister ,Victories Tomegah Dogbe to head the government in the West African nation.

Victoire Tomegah Dogbe, 60, replaces Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned on Friday.

Tomegah-Dogbe has held several ministerial positions since 2008, including recently that of development minister, and also chief of staff of the president’s office.

Togo had been due for a government reshuffle since Gnassingbe was reelected in February for a fourth term in office, but the changes were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

READ ALSO: Togo Prime Minister,Klassou Resigns

The president’s election win, which came after a constitutional change allowing him to run, extended more than a half-century of dynastic rule by the Gnassingbe family over the former French colony.

The victory was disputed by the main opposition challenger, who has faced official harassment in the wake of the vote.

The president has led the country of eight million people since taking over in 2005 following the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled for 38 years.

Togo’s economy has been hit by the pandemic as the authorities have imposed restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.

AFP

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