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Introduction:

French Togoland became Togo in 1960. Gen. Gnassingbe Eyadema, installed as military ruler in 1967, ruled Togo with a heavy hand for almost four decades. Despite the facade of multi-party elections instituted in the early 1990s, the government was largely dominated by President Eyadema, whose Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party has been in power almost continually since 1967 and its successor, the Union for the Republic, maintains a majority of seats in today's legislature.

Upon Eyadema's death in February 2005, the military installed the president's son, Faure Gnassingbe, and then engineered his formal election two months later. Democratic gains since then allowed Togo to hold its first relatively free and fair legislative elections in October 2007. Since 2007, President Gnassingbe has started the country along a gradual path to political reconciliation and democratic reform, and Togo has held multiple presidential and legislative elections that were deemed generally free and fair by international observers.

Despite those positive moves, political reconciliation has moved slowly and many Togolese complain that important political measures such as presidential term limits and electoral reforms remain undone, leaving the country’s politics in a lethargic state. Internationally, Togo is still known as a country where the same family has been in power for five decades.

 

Togo Flag
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Togo Emblem
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Quick Facts

Population:
8,176,449 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Africa
Area:
total= 56,785 sq km

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Lome

Internet Code:
.tg

Airports:
8 (2013)

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Togo Locater
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Togo Map
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Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
TOGO
Mission/Frame: STS055-103-82
Spacecraft Altitude: 163 nautical miles (302 km)
Features:
LOME COASTAL AREA, HAZE

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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