People in Lome, Togo. Editorial credit: Anton_Ivanov / Shutterstock.com

Togo

While regular multiparty elections have taken place since 1992, Togo’s politics have been controlled since 1963 by the late Gnassingbé Eyadéma and his son, current president Faure Gnassingbé. Advantages including security services dominated by the president’s ethnic group and malapportioned election districts have helped Gnassingbé and his party retain power. Opposition calls for constitutional and electoral reforms have been harshly repressed for years.

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Freedom in the World — Togo Country Report

Togo is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.