Africa: Togo
A journalist looks at security forces preventing a crowd of several hundred journalists and members of the public from protesting in front of the Palais des Congres in Lome on February 19, 2013.  By Daniel Hayduk (AFP/File)

Media Protest Over Arrested Journalist In Togo

Friday, May 22, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Some 50 journalists on Friday staged a sit-in near police headquarters in Togo's capital, Lome, to demand the release of a colleague held on suspicion of defaming the country's security minister. Bonero Lawson-Betum, head of the monthly publication La Nouvelle, was arrested and place ...

Francis receives the Episcopal Conference of Togo: spread the values of the Christian family

Monday, May 11, 2015 VATICAN, Holy See, May 11, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Defence of the particular nature of the Christian family, and care in the formation of priests and consecrated persons in a country where religious communities and co-existence with other religions present no problems, were the key ...

Russia and Togo exchange congratulatory messages

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (From Kester Kenn Klomegah, GNA Special Correspondent, Moscow) Moscow, May 5, GNA - Strengthening political dialogue and economic cooperation and diplomatic relations between Russia and the Republic of Togo are the key focus in the exchange of congratulatory messages between Russian Foreign Min ...

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the presidential election in Togo

Monday, April 27, 2015 NEW YORK, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the presidential election in Togo on 25 April. As Togo awaits the final results, the Secretary-General encourages all political leaders and segments of society to continue to main ...
A member of Togo's electoral commission counts ballots for the presidential election vote at a polling station on April 25, 2015 in Lome.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Togo awaits results of presidential vote marked by low turnout

Monday, April 27, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Only just over half of voters turned out for Togo's presidential polls, election officials said Sunday, boosting the chances of incumbent Faure Gnassingbe winning a third term and extending his family's almost 50-year rule over the tiny west African nation. Of some 3.5 million voters ...

PRELIMINARY DECLARATION : Ecowas declaration of Togo elections

Sunday, April 26, 2015 INTRODUCTION In line with the provisions of the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (2001), and as part of the Electoral Assistance Programme to the ECOWAS Member States, H.E. Kadr eacute; D eacute;sir eacute; Ou eacute;draogo, President of the ECOWA ...
A member of Togo's electoral commission counts ballots for the presidential election vote at a polling station on April 25, 2015 in Lome.  By Issouf Sanogo (AFP/File)

Only half Togo's voters turned out for key poll

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Lome (AFP) - Turnout was low for Togo's weekend vote, boosting the chances of incumbent Faure Gnassingbe staying in power, extending his family's almost 50-tear rule, the electoral commission said. Of some 3.5 million voters called to polling stations on Saturday, only 53 to 55 percent took part, ...
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 ...
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