Death of Kwassi Klutsé, former Prime Minister and prominent political figure, at 78

Death of Kwassi Klutsé, former Prime Minister and prominent political figure, at 78
Death of Kwassi Klutsé, former Prime Minister and prominent political figure, at 78

Amy BA

May 19, 2024 at 11:20 a.m.

Togo announced the death of Kwassi Klutsé this Sunday, May 19, 2024. Born in Agbélouvé, this renowned politician was the very first Prime Minister of President Gnassingbé Eyadéma from 1996 to 1999, after having been Minister of Planning and Territorial Development . He died at the age of 78, leaving behind a notable political and academic legacy.

Before his immersion in politics, Klutsé excelled in academia, teaching economics and actively participating in research that enriched the economic debate in West Africa. His entry into politics in the 1990s coincided with a period of democratization in Togo, where he was able to use his expertise and charisma to quickly climb the ranks.

His term as prime minister was marked by attempts at economic reforms and an effort at national reconciliation, although facing major challenges such as criticism over the handling of human rights and the pace of political reforms. His influence continues through his contributions to various think tanks and initiatives for democracy and economic development after his political career.

Klutsé’s death is seen as a significant loss for Togo, but he remains remembered as a leader who sought to modernize and stabilize the country politically and economically. His journey remains a Source of inspiration for future generations.

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