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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Aged 48 and armed with a constitution without term limits, nothing stops him from attempting to rival his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who was until 2005 Africa's second longest serving leader, only outdone by Gabon's Omar Bongo.
This idea is reinforced in the postscript that pays tribute to Nelson Mandela's exemplary leadership as president of South Africa and flays Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Togo's late president, Gnassingbe Eyadema, and Teodoro Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.
After a troubled birth which saw coups and the assassinations, from 1967 to 2005, Togo was ruled by Dictator General Gnassingbe Eyadema, though with periods of quasi-constitutional government and occasional desultory efforts at political reconciliation.
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 leader Fidel Castro or Tongolese president Gnassingbe Eyadema from Canada.
103) The National Assembly, dominated by members of the Rally of the Togolese People, the party to which both Gnassingbe Eyadema and Faure Gnassingbe belonged, attempted to legitimize Faure Gnassingbe's position as President of Togo.
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.
Gnassingbe Eyadema had ended five months earlier with his death after 38 years in power.
It is claimed that extrajudicial executions, torture and disappearances are carried out in the country, governed since 1967 by President Gnassingbe Eyadema.
The former German colony lying between Benin and Ghana has a history of violence, most recently three years ago when Gnassingbe was put in power by the military following the death of his father, veteran dictator Gnassingbe Eyadema, when 400 people were killed in political violence.
Political parties were dissolved by president Gnassingbe Eyadema in 1967.