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Togo’s new prime minister announced during handover ceremony

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The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé on Monday, 28 September 2020, appointed Victoire Sidémého Tomégah-Dogbé as the new Prime Minister.

A close collaborator of the Head of State, with whom she has been working with for more than 10 years, Tomégah-Dogbé has become the first woman in Togo to head a government. She is taking over from Komi Selom Klassou, and took office the same day during a handover ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office.

In office since 2015, the predecessor had resigned from government on Friday, 25 September 2020. The reshuffle was expected in Togo, seven months after Faure Gnassingbé’s re-election for a fourth term of office, but his announcement was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The name of Victoire Sidémého Tomégah-Dogbé then returned among the potential successors of Komi Selom Klassou.

Until then, she had held the position of Head of the President’s Cabinet with those of Minister of Grassroots Development, Handicrafts, Youth and Youth Employment.

Described as discreet, she graduated in Economics at the University of Benin, now the University of Lomé, before joining the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1998.

A mother of three daughters, the new prime minister is expected to quickly form her new team and deliver her general policy speech to the National Assembly on Thursday, 1 October 2020.

-APA

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