- The Togolese President Fauré Gnassingbé has asked his Prime Minister to first finish his official duties before tendering his resignation from office.
Prime Minister Yawovi Agboyibo had earlier tendered his resignation letter to President Gnassingbé, arguing that his term of office had expired since last month.
He was appointed to lead the national unity government and support the electoral commission to organise credible parliamentary elections.
The Togolese Premier said now that elections were held on 14 October, he had exhausted his mandate, hence the resignation.
President Gnassingbé's ruling Togolese People's Rally (RTP) swept the contest, polling 50 seats while the main opposition Union of Forces for Change (UFC) secured 27. Agboyibo's party, the Action Committee for Renewal (CAR) won 4 seats.
Yawovi Agboyibo, the Chairman of CAR and former President of Togo Bar Association, was freed on 15 March 2002 after he had been jailed on criminal libel charges for nine months.
Togo's deceased former President Gnassingbé Eyadema said he had freed Agboyibo in the interest of national reconciliation.
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