Togo's PM re-appointed

2010-05-07 20:46

Lome - Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has re-appointed Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, who resigned two days ago, a presidential decree said on Friday.

"The president of the republic has renewed his confidence in Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo by deciding to re-appoint him prime minister and head of government," according to the document, read on the national television.

Houngbo, a former UN Development Programme director for Africa, tendered his resignation on Wednesday, two days after Gnassingbe was sworn in for a second five-year term in office.

He will hold "consultations and talks with the entire political class with a view to forming a new government", the text said.

Houngbe, who has been prime minister since September 2008, was asked to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is installed.

Gnassingbe, 43, the son of a former dictator, won the March 14 election with 61% of the vote, but the opposition has refused to accept the result as legitimate.