Togo. According to
countryaah, Parliamentary elections were scheduled in October
but postponed due to contradictions between the opposition
and the government on the electoral law. Another opposition
requirement was that President Faure Gnassingbé should not
be eligible for re-election in 2015.
Speculation that the election would be held increased
when Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo and the government
resigned in July. His successor Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu later
invited talks on electoral reforms that the major opposition
During the year there were several protests against the
government that the security forces brutally beat down. The
women's network, Collectif Sauvons le Togo (Let's Save
Togo), created headlines when it called for a week-long sex
strike to pressure the president - whose family has ruled
the country since 1967 - to resign. The network brought
together both parties and individual organizations. A
similar campaign was implemented in Liberia in 2003.
In April, Gnassingbé disbanded the Government Party
Collection for the People of Togo (RPT), which had been
founded in 1969 by his father, the country's late president
Gnassingbé Eyadéma. The RPT was replaced by the Party for
the Republic (UNIR).
The hijacking of a Greek oil tanker off the country's
coast in August again reminded how piracy in the Gulf of
Guinea has developed into a regional problem.