Togo's Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo (photo) on Wednesday presented his resignation as well as that of his government. President Faure Gnassingbe had accepted the resignation.
"Today, July 11, 2012, the prime minister tendered his resignation as well as that of his government. The president of the republic accepted it and on this occasion, asked him to expedite pending issues," said a statement.
Houngbo's resignation comes just after two years when he was re- appointed to the position in 2010 to lead a governmental team "with a broader political base" which was marked by the entry into government, for the first time, of the Union of Forces for Change (UFC), a radical Togolese opposition party.
Gilbert Houngbo was first appointed as prime minister on Sept. 7, 2008 and was re-appointed to the position on May 7, 2010 following the re-election of president Gnassingbe for the second five year term.
Before his entry into the Togolese politics, Houngbo was the director of the United Nations Development Program for Africa (UNDP).