PM and Cabinet resign


Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo and his Cabinet resigned on Wednesday in an unexpected move. President Faure Gnassingbé is believed to have accepted the resignations and will now form an interim government.

Legislative and municipal elections are due to be held this October and the move by the prime minister and Cabinet may be linked to those elections.

The last general election was held in 2007 when the Rally for the Togolese People (RPT), the party of the President and Prime Minister took 50 of the 81 seats in the National Assembly. Two other parties took seats, the Union of Forces for Change with 27 seats and the Action Committee for Renewal with four seats.

Houngbo was appointed as prime minister in 2008.

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