It Will Take More Than an Election to Oust Faure Gnassingbe in Togo

A man rides a bicycle past election posters of Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, on the street in Lome, Togo, Feb. 21, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
A man rides a bicycle past election posters of Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, on the street in Lome, Togo, Feb. 21, 2020 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).

Faure Gnassingbe was reelected late last month for a fourth term as president of the small West African country of Togo. The result was no surprise. Faure, as he is known locally, and his father before him, Gnassingbe Eyadema, have ruled Togo and its 8 million inhabitants for over five decades combined. Despite a lighter touch than his notoriously brutal father, Faure has effectively hollowed out ostensibly democratic processes like elections to perpetuate his family’s long reign. Togo’s Constitutional Court this week certified that Faure won the Feb. 22 election with more than 70 percent of the vote to former […]

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