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Togo Makes History in New Political Appointment

President Faure Gnassingbe has appointed Victoire Tomegah-Dogbe as prime minister, the first woman to hold the position in the West African nation. Her appointment follows the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou on Friday, who had led the government since 2015. Dogbé is an economics and marketing graduate and had held a senior post in the president’s office. Before that she spent a decade as the minister of grass roots development and youth employment. She had earlier worked for the United Nations Development Programme. The change in Togo’s government had been expected since Gnassingbe won re-election in March, extending his 15-year rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.