Africa: Togo
Togo's incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe prepares to vote in the presidential election at a polling station in Lome on April 25, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

Togo Vote Sees Low Turnout As President Seeks Third Term

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo's presidential election on Saturday saw low turnout, likely boosting President Faure Gnassingbe chances of winning a third term and extending his family's grip on power into a second half-century. The opposition's prospects of unseating the president were considered poor heading ...
A campaign blimp with the portrait of President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo flies over Lome, on April 23, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Togo votes for a new president

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century. Polling stations in the tiny West African nation open at 0700 GMT, with some 9,000 police and soldiers on pa ...

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe, candidate for his re-election, greets supporters during a presidential campaign meeting in Togblekope, near Lome, on April 22, 2015.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP)

Togo's leader tries to push family rule into second half-century

Friday, April 24, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Voters go to the polls in Togo this weekend, with President Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term of office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century. The low-profile Gnassingbe, who won in 2005 and 2010, is the favourite in Saturday's election but is facing a c ...

Head of ECOWAS Mission calls for peaceful elections in Togo

Friday, April 24, 2015 The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Togo and former interim President of Liberia, Dr Amos Sawyer has challenged Togolese and all political parties to owe it as a duty to ensure that Saturday rsquo;s 4th presidential elections are peaceful, credible, free, transparent and fair elec ...
Swarming the streets of Togo's capital Lome, thousands of motorcycle taxi drivers are just some of those left behind by the recent economic growth.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Togo's taxi drivers left behind by growing economy

Thursday, April 23, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Swarming the streets of Togo's capital Lome, thousands of motorcycle taxi drivers are just some of those left behind by the recent economic growth spurt in the crushingly poor nation. Some have college degrees and work multiple jobs but still take home as little as 1.50 euros ($1.60) ...
Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe waves to supporters during the Union for the Republic's national gathering in Kara on February 25, 2015.  By Emile Kouton (AFP/File)

Togo: 48 years of the Gnassingbe dynasty

Monday, April 20, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo, governed by Gnassingbe Eyadema with an iron grip for 38 years, is today led by his son, Faure Gnassingbe, who in 2005 and 2010 won disputed presidential elections. A factfile on the west African country of 6.8 million people: - History - A former German colony, To ...
A man holds a poster displaying Togolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre on April 11, 2015 in Lome.  By Emile Kouton (AFP/File)

Togo's Gnassingbe favourite to win third term in presidential vote

Monday, April 20, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo elects a new president on Saturday, with the main opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre seeking to end nearly 50 years of rule by the Gnassingbe family. The election in the tiny West African country takes place in a context of change in the region, after a popular uprising ousted ...
Opposition supporters demonstrate in Lome on December 12, 2014, calling for political reforms before the elections.  By Emile Kouton (AFP)

Togo kicks off presidential election campaign

Friday, April 10, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo officially began its presidential election campaign on Friday with President Faure Gnassingbe's challenger Jean-Pierre Fabre seeking to end nearly 50 years of rule by the Gnassingbe family. The first day of campaigning was low-key, with posters put up in the capital Lome of Gnas ...
Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe arrives for an ECOWAS Summit gathering of West African leaders in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 11, 2012.  By Pius Utomi Ekpei (AFP/File)

Togo election postponed after concerns over voter roll

Friday, March 27, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo's presidential election has been postponed by 10 days to April 25, the communications minister announced on Friday, after calls for a delay over claims the voter register was flawed. The presidential election will be held on April 25, 2015 and not April 15, the initial date, s ...
Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe waves to supporters during the Union for the Republic's national gathering in Kara on February 25, 2015.  By Emile Kouton (AFP/File)

ECOWAS urges Togo vote delay

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Lome (AFP) - West African regional bloc ECOWAS has urged Togo to delay its presidential election over claims the voter register was flawed, its chairman said after talks in the country. ECOWAS chairman and Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said during a visit to Togo Tuesday it was unlikely ...

Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Staff Visit to Togo

Monday, March 9, 2015 LOME, Togo, March 9, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- A staff team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Cemile Sancak visited Lomé during February 27-March 5, 2015. The team met with the highest authorities, including the President of the Republic, to discuss economic policy prio ...
Union for the Republic's supporters attend the party's national gathering in Kara, Togo, on February 25, 2015.  By Emile Kouton (AFP/File)

Togo presidential election postponed to April 25: official

Friday, March 27, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Togo's presidential election has been postponed by 10 days to April 25, the communications minister announced on Friday, after calls for a delay over claims the voter register was flawed. The presidential election will be held on April 25, 2015 and not April 15, the initial date, s ...

200 decision-makers expected in Lomé (Togo) for the first Africa Best Practices Forum on 26 and 27 February 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 LOME, Togo, February 17, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Lomé, the capital of Togo, will host the first Africa Best Practices Forum on 26 and 27 February 2015 (http://www.africabestpractices.com). Pan-African bank Ecobank, recruitment agency AfricSearch and company Ellipse Communication ar ...
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