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The seven candidates up for election

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-03-03

Togolese go to the polls on Thursday to choose between seven candidates for the country's presidency, including incumbent Faure Gnassingbé, who succeeded his father General Eyadéma in February 2005, within hours of his death.

Faure Gnassingbé (pictured centre), 43, candidate of the ruling RPT party. He took power in February 2005, hours after his father, General Eyadéma, died after ruling Togo for 38 years. Some 500 people died in violence following his appointment as president.


 

Jean-Pierre Fabre (pictured left), 58, candidate for the Union of Forces for Change (UFC) led by Gilchrist Olympio, the historic opponent of the RPT party who withdrew his candidacy for health reasons. An economist by training, Fabre is considered the biggest threat to Gnassingbé.

Yawovi Agboyibo (pictured right), 58, candidate of the Action Committee for Renewal (CAR), which failed to win in the 1998 and 2003 elections. A lawyer, Agboyibo served as prime minister in Gnassingbé 's unity government from 2006 to 2007.

Messan Agbéyomé Kodjo, 56, candidate for the Organisation for Building Togo in Unity and Solidarity (OBUTS), was president of the National Assembly and prime minister from 2000-2002. It is the first time he is running for president.

Brigitte Kafui Adjamagbo-Johnson, 51, candidate for the Democratic Convention of African Peoples (CDPA), is the first woman to run for office in Togo.

Nicolas Lawson, 57, candidate for the Party for Renewal and Redemption (PRR). This is the third time the businessman has run for president, having lost in 2003 and 2005.

Bassabi Kagbara, 68, candidate for the Pan-African Democratic Party (PDP), running for the first time.

Date created : 2010-03-02

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