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Togo - 2015: domestic policy, foreing affairs, and socio-economic development

Kohnert, Dirk (2016): Togo - 2015: domestic policy, foreing affairs, and socio-economic development. Published in: Africa Yearbook , Vol. 12, (18 October 2016): pp. 174-181.

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The presidential elections of 25 April resulted in a victory for the incumbent, Faure Gnassingbé. Thus, he secured his third five-year term, strengthening the autocratic grip of the Gnassingbé-clan, which had been in power since 1967. The institutional and constitutional reforms that would have been required for free and fair elections and which the opposition parties, civil society and international donors demanded, were postponed indefinitely. Nevertheless, the international community declared the elections free and fair, given their security interests in the region. Economic growth remained stable at about 5% p.a., although economic growth rates were not inclusive and benefitted the few. The business climate improved considerably.

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