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The feud between the descendants of Togo’s first President and those of his assassin is as old as the nation – and still ongoing

The 50th anniversary on 13 January of the assassination of Togo’s first President, Sylvanus Olympio, passed while several important events in Lomé played down the landmark day. On that date in 1963, Gnassingbé Eyadéma shot Olympio dead and four years later took complete power for himself until his death in 2005 as Africa’s longest-serving head of state. Only a semi-détente exists between the Olympio and Gnassingbé families, who have dominated Togo’s politics.

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Sylvanus Olympio, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, Gilchrist Olympio, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, Benin, Radical collective, Jean-Pierre Fabre, Agbéyomé Kodjo, Kofi Yamgnane, French, François Mitterrand, semi-détente, Union des forces de changement, Palais des Congrès, Commission vérité, justice et réconciliation, Alliance nationale pour le changement, Collectif sauvons le Togo, Front républicain pour l’alternance et le changement