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Vol 43 No 14

Published 12th July 2002


Togo

Last of the dinosaurs

Splits in the ruling party could finally bring the changes the opposition seeks

Most African leaders have at least made a stab at multi-party democracy over the last decade but Togo's President Gnassingbé Eyadéma has never really bothered. Opposition parties are barely tolerated; one of the main opposition leaders lives in exile, another recently got out of gaol. Now it looks as if the all-powerful Rassemblement du Peuple Togolais (RPT) is crumbling beneath its leader, after 30 years in power. Prime Minister Agbéyomé Kodjo was sacked on 27 June.

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