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Vol 44 No 21

Published 24th October 2003


Lomé abstention

Togo was a German colony, then a French one. The two former masters now disagree about Togo's dubious democracy and its 35-year President, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, 65. European aid was suspended after the presidential election in June 2003, held amid fraud and violence (AC Vol 44 No 11). Then, in October, the (powerless) Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific states called on the EU to restart humanitarian aid.

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