Togo. According to Countryaah.com, Togo Independence Day is April 27. Nestorn among African heads of state, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, was re-elected in June once again as Togo’s president, 36 years after he took power in a military coup. Eyadéma received about 57% of the vote since the only dangerous challenger, Gilchrist Olympio, had refused to stand. According to Togo’s electoral law of 2002, a presidential candidate must have lived in the country continuously for the last twelve months before an election. Olympio returned in April after four years in Ghana, where, according to his own statement, he lived to avoid being murdered in his home country. The European Union refrained from sending election observers since the government did not want to let in the observer group which would have come several weeks in advance to review the preparations.
The opposition claimed that the president’s victory was based on cheating, but observers from the African Union believed the election was largely a fair one. After the election, Eyadéma formed a “unity government” which, however, was boycotted by most opposition parties. The President made his son Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé Minister of Infrastructure, Mining Industry, Energy and Postal and Telecommunications.