Gnassingbe Eyadéma

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Eyadéma, Gnassingbe

 

(also Etienne Eyadéma). Born 1935 in Pya, Lama Kara District. State figure of Togo; general (1967). From 1953 to 1962, Eyadéma served in the French Army in In dochina, Algeria, Niger, and Dahomey (since 1975, Benin). In January 1963 he took part in the military coup d’etat that over threw President Olympio. In 1965 he became a lieutenant colonel and was appointed chief of staff of the Togolese armed forces. Eyadéma headed a new military coup d’etat in January 1967. Since April 1967 he has been president, head of the government, and minister of defense. Eyadéma is the chairman of the ruling and only party in the country, the Togolese Popular Rally (founded 1969).

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STABILITYbrIn Togo in 2002, etienne Gnassingbe Eyadema, president for 35 years, hurriedly removed the term limits under which he was due to retire in 2003.
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Several coups and assassinations took place between 1960 and 1967, culminating with a coup in 1967 by General Gnassingbe Eyadema who then ruled until 2005.
This kind of stunt helps explain why so many respected human rights advocates have abandoned Amnesty International," Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney told POLITICO, noting that Amnesty International had never sought a court order to bar Cuban dictator Fidel Castro or Tongolese dicator Gnassingbe Eyadema from Canada.
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Togo se puede nombrar como una de las mas estables, sin embargo, esta supuesta quietud fue conseguida a raiz del golpe militar encabezado por Gnassingbe Eyadema en 1967, quien se mantuvo en el poder 38 anos.
Gnassingbe, first took the presidency in 2002, after 38 years of authoritarian rule under Gnassingbe Eyadema, his father.
Gnassingbe, who took over after 38 years of dictatorship under his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, won 1.