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Togo Succession an Affront on Democracy

When Togo’s army anointed the son of its dead president to be the new leader, it not only ignored its constitution but also challenged Africa’s emerging democratic order. The new Africa is trying desperately to end its image as a continent ruled by despots who seize power through the barrel of a gun. Togo’s curious experiment with hereditary democracy began Saturday when longtime President Gnassingbe Eyadema died of a heart attack and the army named his son to succeed him. The 53-nation African Union immediately condemned the appointment of 39-year-old Faure Gnassingbe, branded his succession a military coup and demanded the armed forces respect the constitution and end its interference in politics. Full Story

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