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Togo : Discover the country's culture

Togo : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

1600- 1850: Treaty of slaves
1849: End of slave trade. The Danish, Portuguese and Dutch withdraw, leaving the country to the English and French
1874-1879: Great Britain forms the Gold Coast
5 July 1884: Signing of German protectorate
20 July 1922: France and Great Britain run Togo under the mandate of the League of Nations
1 September 1956: France proclaims the autonomy of the Republic of Togo
27 April 1960: Togo gains its independence
15 April 1967: Lieutenant-Colonel Gnassingbe Eyadema becomes president
30 December 1979: New constitution
16 December 1986: Re-election of Lieutenant-Colonel Gnassingbe Eyadema
1992: Attacks, demonstrations and widespread strikes
February 1994: Legislative elections, opposition wins
June 1998: Re-election of Lieutenant-Colonel Gnassingbe Eyadema
June 2003: Re-election of Lieutenant-Colonel Gnassingbe Eyadema (for 5 years)
05 February 2005: Death of President Gnassingbe Eyadema after 38 years in power. On the same day, the army appoints his son, Faure Gnassingbe as president. The parliament amended the constitution to allow him to complete his father's term and to avoid presidential elections within the next 60 days.
25 February2005: Faure Gnassingbe resigns under pressure from the African Union and ECOWAS. Some time later, he runs for the presidential elections held on 24 April.
24 April 2005: Presidential elections and victory of Faure Gnassingbé. Victory challenged by the opposition and rebellion breaks out in the streets.

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Events

1 January: New Year
13 January: Day of Meditation
27 April: Independence Day (national holiday)
1 May: Labour Day
21 June: Martyrs of Togo
25 December: Christmas

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