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Victoire Tomégah Dogbé Becomes Togo’s First Woman Prime Minister


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Victoire Tomegah Dogbe has been appointed as Togo’s first-ever female Prime Minister, according to reports from local media.

Dogbe, whose appointment was confirmed by President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday, replaces Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned as prime minister on Friday, a position he held since 2015.

The 60-year-old is well known and respected in Togo, having served in several positions under Gnassingbe’s government in the past decade, including working as his chief-of-staff, director of the cabinet of the President of the Republic and more recently as Minister for youth and grassroots development, Togo First reports.

Prior to joining politics, she worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) according to information from the agency.

Her historic 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.

This achievement follows that of Gabon which in July 2020 appointed it’s first-ever female Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. Also, in 2018, Ethiopia appointed its first-ever female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.

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