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Yearbook 2007

Togo. After almost four months of delay for technical and organizational reasons, general elections were held in October. For the first time since 1990, the leading opposition party was running. According to CountryAAH, the Union of Change (UFC), led by fugitive politician Gilchrist Olympio, boycotted a series of elections in protest against organized cheating and violence against oppositionists. However, since the new President Faure Gnassingbé took office in 2005, Togo has taken significant steps towards peace and reconciliation. Government Party The Togolese People's Assembly (RPT), with the most well-oiled electoral machinery, won big with 50 of Parliament's 81 seats. The UFC received 27 seats. Negotiations on cooperation became unsuccessful and the unifying government that led the country since 2006 was replaced with a purely RPT ministry.

2007 Togo

Observers from The EU described the elections as free and honest, leading to the full resumption of aid to Togo. It was withdrawn after the violent elections in 1993. Assistance is needed. Togo has major financial problems following reduced revenues from all major export products such as coffee, cotton, cocoa and phosphate.

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