For 38 years, he remained in power. He had earned his legitimacy of ruling this West African country through a military coup in 1967. This was Gnassingbe Eyadema, the former president of Togo.
The son, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, who took over from the father on the death of the latter in 2005, was legitimated as new president through an apparently tightly controlled election the same year.
He was again elected controversially in 2010. He has so far ruled for 7 years.
Understandably, old father’s cronies have remained in place. They must’ve worked hard for Gnassingbé son to rule so their interests could be preserved.
AFP report that on June 12 and 13 there were public protests in Lome the capital which saw many arrests. The unrest may not calm down in the near future.
Let’s hope they set off political change in that country which has been long overdue.
The wind of popular uprising will not leave the continent without touching irreversibly all the places where countries have been led in ways worse than ancient monarchies.