Togo. According to COUNTRYAAH, Togo has a population of 7.889 million (2018). Faure Gnassingbé was re-elected with 61 percent of the vote in the March presidential election. The election was both preceded and followed by protests and questions. Two opposition candidates jumped off a few weeks before the election in protest against ambiguities in the electoral votes. Leading opposition party UFC candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre, who got about 34 percent, refused to approve the result and called out his supporters in street protests, which were dispelled by tear gas police tear gas.
However, the party’s nests and chairman, Gilchrist Olympio, announced, surprisingly, that he intended to join the government and had been promised seven ministerial posts for his cousins. The message led to the party being split into two phalanges announcing separate party congresses the same week. Fabre’s faction met again with tear gas as it tried to gather, but still managed to conduct a congress where Olympio was declared ousted.
In December, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank decided to write off 80% of Togo’s foreign debt as a reward for the country’s constructive economic policy. Debt relief was approximately US $ 1.8 billion.