Security forces have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in the second day of rallies over the election victory of the late authoritarian ruler’s son.
|Togo at a glance|
Togo, officially called the Togolese Republic, is located on Africa’s west coast, bordering Ghana in the west, Benin in the east, and Burkina Faso in the north.
It has a population approximately 6.1 million.
1960: Togo gains independence under Sylvanus Olympio, the first president.
1963: Olympio is assassinated in a military coup by a group of soliders under the directions of Sergeant Etienne Eyadema Gnassingbe.
1967: Gnassingbe launched a bloodless coup and appointed himself as president.
1991: Political parties are legalised.
1992: A democratic constitution is adopted.
1998: A joint investigation by the UN and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) concluded that elections this year resulted in ‘systematic human rights violations’.
2005: Gnassingbe dies, after 38 years in power. He was Africa’s longest serving ruler.
Faure Gnassingbe, his son, is appointed as president, provoking international condemnation.
According to the UN, at least 500 people are killed in violence surrounding the polls.
As many as 40,000 people flee to neighbouring countries.
The nearly 5,900 voting stations are scheduled to close at 5pm on Sunday.
The poll will test the RPT’s hold on power and decide whether Togo will receive aid from the EU after a 14-year suspension.