Togo’s First Female Prime Minister Named

Togo's First Female Prime Minister Named

Linnea Fry, Writer

Togo’s president appointed their first female prime minister to be Victoire Tomegah Dogbe, on monday, September 28th, 2020.

Victoire Tomegah Dogbe is 60 years old and became the first female prime minister of the West-African country called Togo, which is home to about 8 million people.

Dogbe, whose appointment was confirmed by President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday, is replacing former prime minister Komi Selom Klassou, who recently retired from the role he had held since 2015.

Dogbe has served in several different positions of Togo’s government in the past ten years; working as Chief-of-Staff, director of the cabinet of the President of the Republic, and recently worked as Minister for youth, and grassroots development. While working in politics for quite a long time, she also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations and advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves.

She was appointed by Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, following his controversial re-election, as he has ruled since 2005. He’s ruled after his father -who had ruled for 38 years- passed away.

Dogbe’s vast experience in government is expected to give the country order and control that has eluded them since their independence in 1960. Many say that her leadership will lead the nation to a long-awaited economic boom that the country is in desperate need of.