Komi Sélom Klassou, the current Prime Minister of Togo has been nominated for the prestigious Gandhi Mandela Award to be held later this year. A member of the ruling Union for the Republic (UNIR), he served as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports from 2000 to 2003, as Minister of Primary and Secondary Education from 2003 to 2007, and as First Vice-President of the National Assembly from 2007 to 2015.
Klassou was born in Notsé in Haho Prefecture. He was appointed as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in the government named on October 8, 2000, serving in that position until he was appointed as Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in the government named on July 29, 2003. He was the first candidate on the Rally of the Togolese People's candidate list for Haho Prefecture in the October 2007 parliamentary election and was successful in winning a seat. On November 24, 2007, he was elected as the First Vice-President of the National Assembly, and he was replaced in his ministerial post in the government named on December 13, 2007.