Togo Prime Minister, Government Resign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Prime Minister of Togo Komi Selom Klassou upon his arrival for the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) conference on November 19, 2019 in Berlin. - Heads of State and Government of all Compact countries and the Heads of International Organizations participating in the CwA are expected to discuss opportunities to enhance the business environment and increase investment in African countries. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Togo’s prime minister and his government have resigned, the West African nation’s presidency said late Friday.

President Faure Gnassingbe congratulated prime minister Komi Selom Klassou and his team for their “economic, political and social efforts and the encouraging results despite the health crisis around the world”, a statement on the presidency’s official website said.

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

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

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.


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