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Biography of Dadjo KLéBER

Togo > Politics : Dadjo KLéBER

Born on 12/08/1914 (format : day/month/year)

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Dadjo Kléber (August 12 , 1914 -1988), was a politician and served as interim president of Togo in his role as chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee from January 14,1967 to April 14,1967.

- Born in Siou, Togo, on the 12th of August 1914.

Served in the British Army during World War II and in the French Army in the IndoChina and Algeria conflicts.

1960 - He was the longest-serving and highest-ranked Togolese in the French Army.

He attained rank of Captain and commanded Togo's tiny defense force, the Garde Togolaise.

1963 - Became Lieutenant Colonel after the coup d'état and served as head of the military cabinet of President Nicolas Grunitzky.

1967 - Served as Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee in Togo from 14th of January to 14th of April.

- After the 2nd military coup d'état on 13th of January, he was named interim President of Togo.

1967-1968 - He served as Minister of Justice.

- Retired and returned to his home in Siou where he became Chef de Canton.

He died in 1988.In 2006, Col. Dadjo was recognized by the government of President Faure Gnassingbé along with former Presidents Sylvanus Olympio and Nicolas Grunitzky as part of a decision to rehabilitate the image of Togo's previous leaders. The former avenue de la Nouvelle Marche in Lomé was renamed avenue Kléber Dadjo in his honor. Col. Dadjo is frequently and erroneously identified in print as a Kabyé rather than a Nawde (or Losso).

Last update : 07/08/2008

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