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Vol 46 No 9

Published 29th April 2005


Merci, Papa

People take to the streets in Lomé to protest against Faure Gnassingbé's victory in the polls

'If they declare Faure the winner, this place is going to go up in flames', predicted a much quoted opposition supporter in Lomé. And right on cue, the barricades went up on 26 April as soon as the government announced that Faure, son of the late dictator Gnassingbé Eyadéma, had won the presidential election two days earlier (AC Vol 46 No 6). Violence that had been simmering for days erupted across the capital as activists protested against the disputed result.

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