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10 Feb 2005

Togo: any chance of an (insert suitable word) revolution?

Filed under: Africa,Blogosphere gems — paulcook @ 12:34 am

In the last year or two, we’ve seen the Rose Revolution in Georgia and the even-larger Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, where spontaneous popular protests, politicians with principles, and global support, overcame election fraud and abuse of power.

Now would be a great time for the same to happen in Togo. Togo is a smallish West-African country (about 5 million people), which until recently was ruled by the longest-serving president in the continent, Gnassingbe Eyadema. He died on Saturday, but instead of power passing constitutionally to the Speaker of Parliament, the army has kept the Speaker out of the country, and sworn in Gnassingbe Eyadema’s son as the new president.

Another day, another coup in Africa? Well, there are a few positive signs: firstly, massive condemnation from the rest of Africa. Everyone from the Chairman of the African Union, to numerous heads of state and other officials, have been loudly protesting. The regional trade bloc, ECOWAS, is threatening sanctions. More predictably, the EU is condeming the action too, though whether France (the former colonial power) will choose to add Togo to its list of African interventions remains to be seen.

Secondly, there is a partial strike and some protests, though demonstrations have been banned — see AllAfrica’s and the BBC’s articles.

Unfortunately, these are not protests on the scale of those of the the Ukraine, and there certainly hasn’t been the rush of global support to protesters that the Ukraine received. I was able to find a few blogs talking about the situation, but not very many.

But at least pressure is being brought to bear, and the new president has promised elections — but only time will tell whether Africa is truly moving away from dictatorial rulers.

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  1. Check out this link on Togo


    Comment by Micheal — 21 Jan 2006 @ 5:43 am

  2. Hi, I’m missing a Togo flag. Can you please stop by for a visit?

    Doesn’t seem likely since this post is from 2005 but worth a shot. :)

    Thank you much!

    Comment by Debbie — 25 Jul 2007 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Uh, I’m not actually from Togo. But thanks for stopping by anyway!

    Comment by paulcook — 25 Jul 2007 @ 5:39 pm

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