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.
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was withdrawn after the violent elections in 1993.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.