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Togolese Prime Minister, Selom Klassou Resigns

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Togolese Prime Minister Selom Klassou has submitted his resignation and that of his government to President Faure Gnassingbe who accepted it after the legislative won by the ruling party, reported Friday the national radio.

The president has asked Klassou, who has been in office since June 2015, and his government to “continue to do the day-to-day business,” the radio said.

The poll of 20 December had been boycotted by the main opposition coalition which had denounced “irregularities” in its preparation. Union for the Republic (Unir), the party of President Faure Gnassingbe, had won 59 of the 91 seats in the National Assembly, according to the final results of the Constitutional Court.

The Union of Change Forces ( UFC ) of ex-historical opponent Gilchrist Olympio had won seven, with independent candidates winning the other seats. After more than a year of serious political crisis, and dozens of protest marches, some massive, leaders of the main coalition of the 14 political parties of the opposition (C-14) had not submitted candidates and no will have no more representation in Parliament.

Observers from the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) welcomed the good conduct of these legislative elections, as did the West African leaders who judged on 22 December in Abuja that these “free and transparent” elections were in line with their roadmap for a way out of the crisis in Togo.

Faure Gnassingbé, in power since 2005, has succeeded in violence to his father, General Eyadéma Gnassingbé, who led the country with an iron fist for 38 years.

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