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Togo ruling party wins sweeping majority in legislative poll, final provisional results show

Togo ruling party wins sweeping majority in legislative poll, final provisional results show

TOGO'S ruling party has won 108 out of 113 seats in parliament, according to the final provisional results of last month's legislative election announced. The sweeping majority secured by President Faure Gnassingbe's UNIR party follows the approval of controversial constitutional reforms by the outgoing parliament that could extend his 19-year rule. The new charter adopted in March also introduced a parliamentary system of government, meaning the president will be elected by parliament instead of by universal suffrage. Opposition parties were hoping to gain seats in the April 29 vote to enable them to challenge the UNIR party after they boycotted the last…
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Togo has adopted major constitutional changes to give parliament more power: how it will work

Togo has adopted major constitutional changes to give parliament more power: how it will work

ON 25 March 2024, Togo adopted a new constitution that transforms its presidential system into a parliamentary one. Under this new system, parliament has the authority to elect the president of the republic. This major change will likely enable President Faure Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005, to extend his 19-year tenure by another term. This reform, adopted on first reading by MPs, sparked protests among opposition leaders who have denounced it as a constitutional coup. The law passed its second reading on 19 April. Koffi Amessou Adaba is a lecturer and researcher who has worked on the…
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Togo constitutional changes spark calls for popular protests

Togo constitutional changes spark calls for popular protests

SOME of Togo's opposition parties and civil society groups renewed their calls for widespread popular protests a day after lawmakers approved constitutional changes likely to extend the 19-year rule of President Faure Gnassingbe. In a statement, the Dynamique pour la Majorité du Peuple (DMP) opposition coalition and other signatories said the changes, relating to presidential term limits and how presidents are elected, were a political manoeuvre to allow Gnassingbe to extend his tenure for life. "What happened at the National Assembly yesterday is a coup d'etat," they said, noting that the text had not been made public and reiterating calls…
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Congo and Togo record Africa’s highest increase in happiness levels

Congo and Togo record Africa’s highest increase in happiness levels

THE Republic of Congo and Togo are among the countries that have seen happiness levels amongst their citizens increase the most over the past 12 years. The two African countries are listed among seventeen countries globally that recorded increases in average life evaluations of a full point or more. The World Happiness Report 2024 ranks the Republic of Congo in fourth place globally (with 1.40 points) for the biggest increase in happiness levels, after Serbia (1.84 points), Bulgaria (1.57 points) and Latvia (1.47 points ), mostly thanks to increases among their youth populations. Togo closed the world’s top 10 most…
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China to support Togo in safeguarding its sovereignty, security -Wang Yi

China to support Togo in safeguarding its sovereignty, security -Wang Yi

CHINA will continue to firmly support Togo in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said while visiting the African country, according to a ministry statement on Wednesday. China's top diplomat made the remarks as he visited several African countries over the past few days. Wang will travel to Brazil and Jamaica from January 18-22.
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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to travel to Africa in Jan

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to travel to Africa in Jan

CHINA'S foreign minister Wang Yi will travel to Africa and visit Egypt, Tunisia, Togo and Cote d'Ivoire from January 13-18, China's foreign ministry said. The visit will mark the 34th consecutive year in which the foreign minister has gone to Africa for their first overseas trip of the year, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular press conference. Wang will also visit Brazil and Jamaica from January 18-22, Mao added.
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Togo’s new container terminal biggest in West Africa, signals country’s larger logistics ambitions

Togo’s new container terminal biggest in West Africa, signals country’s larger logistics ambitions

BIRD STORY AGENCY TOGO'S maritime economy is poised for growth with the newly commissioned container terminal at the Autonomous Port of Lomé. On March 20, the Togolese government commissioned the Lome Container Terminal (LCT), which allows the port to clear at least 2.2 million containers annually, up from the 1.6 million it cleared in 2022. The extension solidifies Togo's position as a vital hub for maritime trade in West Africa. The port of Lomé now has two terminals, the new LCT and Bollore, with LCT operating on a 53 hectares site with a 1050-meter quay. "The port of Lomé is…
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Togo villagers flee to urban centres after militant attacks

Togo villagers flee to urban centres after militant attacks

CIVILIANS in a part of northern Togo attacked by suspected Islamist militants last week have been fleeing their homes en masse to seek refuge in nearby cities, a local mayor said. More than 25 people were killed in the attacks on four villages in the Kpendjal district, near the border with Burkina Faso, two local activists told Reuters. The government said a number of people were killed but did not say how many. "People are leaving their villages en masse," Arzoume Sambiani, the mayor of a part of Kpendjal, said in a statement on Monday. He urged civilians to return…
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Togo names new government with record number of women ministers

Togo names new government with record number of women ministers

TOGO’S  first female prime minister has appointed a new government with a record 30% of the 33 ministerial positions given to women, according to the cabinet list announced on state television. Prime Minister Victoire Tomegah-Dogbe, who was appointed earlier this week after the resignation of the previous government, named Essozimna Marguerite Gnakade as defence minister - the first time a woman has held that role. President Faure Gnassingbe The change in government had been expected since President Faure Gnassingbe won re-election in March, extending his 15-year rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a…
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Charity uses mobile phone data to identify aid recipients in Togo

Charity uses mobile phone data to identify aid recipients in Togo

SONIA ELKS A U.S.-based nonprofit that is using algorithms to identify people living in extreme poverty by analysing their mobile phone habits has made direct cash payments to 30,000 people as part of a pioneering project in Togo. GiveDirectly worked with the government of the West African nation and experts at the University of California, Berkeley, for the high-tech approach to find some of the country's poorest people. They use satellite data to identify poor areas, and then harness machine learning to comb mobile phone metadata to identify those living in extreme poverty. Potential recipients are contacted by phone and…
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