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Vol 46 No 6

Published 18th March 2005


Togo

Olympic heights

It will be a struggle to introduce democracy after three decades of family rule

The Gnassingbé clan will do all it can to win Togo's presidential election, scheduled for 24 April. Some think heir-apparent Faure Gnassingbé, son of the deceased dictator Gnassingbé Eyadéma, may have cut a deal with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), shortly before he vacated the position of Interim Head of State just three weeks after his father's death on 5 February. Under the pact, ECOWAS leaders would drop their insistence on adherence to the 2002 constitution, which was subsequently amended to prevent the leading opposition candidate, Gilchrist Olympio, from standing.

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