Togo. 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 parties boycotted.
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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.
According to countryaah, the population of Togo in 2012 was 7,323,047, ranking number 102 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.660% yearly, and the population density was 134.6416 people per km2.