Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbe, on Monday, 28 September, appointed the first-ever female prime minister to head the country’s government.

Victoire Tomegah Dogbe, 60, takes over from Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned on Friday.

Mrs. Tomégah Dogbé, before her appointment was the director of the cabinet of the President of the Republic and the minister of grassroots development and youth.

Togo needed a new government since Gnassingbe was reelected in February for a fourth term in office, but the changes were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The president’s election victory came after a constitutional change allowing him to run. This extends the Gnassingbe family’s rule for more than a half-century of dynastic rule over Togo.

The president has led the country of eight million people since taking over in 2005 after the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled for 38 years.