Togolese Prime Minister resigns from office after political reshuffle
Prime Minister of Togo, Komi Selom Klassou and his government have resigned in an expected political reshuffle which was delayed by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The move, late on Friday was anticipated since President Faure Gnassingbe was re-elected in February for a fourth term in office after a constitutional change allowed him to run again.
A statement on the presidency’s website said President Gnassingbe accepted Klassou’s resignation and congratulated him and his team for their “economic, political and social efforts and the encouraging results despite the health crisis around the world.”
Mr Klassou has served as prime minister since 2015.
After the president’s victory in the election, it was disputed by the opposition, which helped the Gnassingbe family to extend more than a half-century of their rule.
President Gnassingbe has led the country of eight million people since taking over in 2005 following the death of his father, Eyadema Gnassingbe, who ruled for 38 years.
Ahead of the February election, a fractured opposition struggled to launch a concerted campaign to unseat Gnassingbe, despite deadly demonstrations against his rule in 2005 and 2017.
Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Its economy has been further hit by the COVID-19 as the authorities imposed restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.
To date, the country has recorded 1,722 coronavirus infections and 44 related deaths.