Togo prime minister and government resign | Togo

Togo has had to face political restructuring since President Faure Gnassingbe was re-elected in February, but the changes have been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Togolese Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou and his government have resigned in an expected political reshuffle that has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The late Friday move was expected as President Faure Gnassingbe was re-elected for a fourth term in February after a constitutional amendment allowed him to run again.

A statement on the Presidency website said Gnassingbe accepted Klassou’s resignation and congratulated him and his team on their “economic, political and social efforts and encouraging results despite the global health crisis”.

Klassou has been Prime Minister since 2015.

The election victory of the president, which was disputed by the opposition, extended the rule of the Gnassingbe family by more than half a century.

Gnassingbe has ruled the country of eight million people since it was taken over in 2005 following the death of his father, Eyadema Gnassingbe, who ruled for 38 years.

Ahead of the February elections, despite deadly demonstrations against his rule in 2005 and 2017, a broken opposition fought to launch a concerted campaign to overthrow Gnassingbe.

Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world. The economy continued to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic as authorities imposed restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

To date, the country has registered 1,722 coronavirus infections and 44 deaths.