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Victoire Tomegah Dogbé Becomes Togo’s First Female Prime Minister

Togo made history yesterday by appointing 60-year-old Victoire Tomegah Dogbé as their female prime minister.

Victoire who was named on Monday, was immediately set to work to form a new government.

She is known in the political circles and has held various ministerial positions since 2008. she has been a development minister and chief of staff of the president’s office.

The change in Togo’s government has been expected since president Gnassingbe won re election in March, extending the 15 year rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup, as her appointment promises to be a major step forward for the West African Nation. Before now, Tomegah Dogbe has held important offices, she was the minister of grassroots development handicaffs, youth and youth development.

In 2008, while she was at UNDP in Benin, Gnassingbe and the then prime minister Gilbert Houngbo appealed to Victoire Dogbe Tomegah to occupy the portfolio of the minister delegate to the prime minister in charge of development of the base which had just been in created in Togo.

In 2010, following the reelection of president foure Gnassingbe, she was appointed minister of grassroots development, Youth Employment in Gilbert Houngbo’s second government.

She retained her ministerial functions in the government Ahoumey Zunu 1 from 2012 to 2013 and the government Ahoumey Zunu 11 from 2013 to 2015. After the presidential election of April 2015, Komi Selom Klassou replaced Artheme Ahooney-Zunu at the prime minister on 5 June 2015 as it formed the first Klassou government on June 28, 2015 in which Dogbe still retained the ministry of Doup at the base, crafts, youth and youth development.

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