Togo Appoints First Female Prime Minister

It’s a new dawn in Togo as the West African nation has appointed it’s first woman Prime Minister.

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe confirmed the appointment of Victoire Tomegah Dogbe, 60, on Monday

She replaces Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned as prime minister on Friday, a position he held since 2015.

Gnassingbe has served in several positions under Gnassingbe’s government;a his chief-of-staff since 2009, director of the cabinet of the President of the Republic and more recently as Minister for youth and grassroots development, according to local media reports.

Prior to joining politics, the new prime minister with vast experience in governance and administration worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) according to information from the agency.

Her appointment comes after an expected cabinet reshuffle, which was delayed by the country’s fight against coronavirus pandemic, following the controversial re-election of Gnassingbe, who has ruled Togo since 2005.

He took power from his father who, before his death, ruled Togo for 38 years, dating back to a 1967 coup, CNN reports.

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