In 2015, Togo had a population of 7.6 million people, with the majority of the population being Ewe-speaking peoples. The economy was largely based on subsistence agriculture, mining and the trading of goods such as coffee and cocoa. Foreign relations in 2015 were largely focused on maintaining ties with other African nations as well as countries in Europe and the Americas. Togo was also a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Politics in Togo in 2015 was dominated by President Faure Gnassingbé who had been president since 2005 following the death of his father Gnassingbé Eyadema. During his time in office, he sought to improve economic development while maintaining good diplomatic relations with other nations. He also pushed for political reform including constitutional changes that would limit presidential terms to two 5-year terms instead of one 7-year term. See ehealthfacts for Togo in the year of 2005.
Togo. According to COUNTRYAAH, Lome is the capital of Togo which is located in Western Africa. The country’s president Faure Gnassingbé was re-elected in April for a third five-year term. He received about 58% of the vote. The Election Commission stated that opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre received 35%.
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The Constitutional Court confirmed the result in May. The opposition criticized irregularities in the election, but did not go to court. International observers approved it.
In June, Komi Selom Klassou was named prime minister. He had previously held several ministerial posts and served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
At the end of the year, at least five people were reported killed in clashes between police and illegal settlers in a nature conservation area in the north of the country.
Journalists, media companies and freedom of speech groups have criticized proposed tightening in the country’s media laws where publishing “untrue news” can result in two years in prison.