Faure Gnassingbe won the election on the 22nd February 2020. So, his scheduled for his fourth term after rigging an referendum to give him the ability to reign the Republic of Togo until 2030. That means the President, the son of the former President plans to keep the family enterprise running till then. This means the Gnassingbe family have run the Republic since April 1967 after a successful coup d’etat in January 1967.
This means with the current state, the rigged election, the arrest of main opposition candidate, the social media blockade, the jamming of telephone-line and so-on. It was not Gnassingbe left anything to chance. The Togolaise was supposed to vote for him and support him after 15 years in power. While he is continuing to himself more years.
This is already a family regime lasting for 53 years and plans to last another ten years. The elections in between is only measures made to legitimize the reign. The 72 % polls this year is just a reconfigured number, to not sound to dictatorial, but still significant victory to seem sincere. Which it isn’t, because the opposition has suffered, civil society silenced and plenty of folks in exile.
Gnassingbe haven’t delivered anything in 15 years. Neither has his father. The French support of the regime gives it a life-line. Faure knows this and his army could join the CENI to push his victory to the public. Not like the observers nor anyone else could question him. The rigged numbers, the ballots not counted and the clear violation of the free will. Is the reason why Gnassingbe win.
We knew this result before the polls and even after. If someone else would have won… that would have been shocking. Especially, if an appointed CENI and authorities would have given way. That the voice of the people would be listen too. Instead, they are forced to eat Gnassingbe and his clientele.
The Togolese Republic deserve better, even if Faure believes in his family empire. If Faure believes his the sole proprietor and supreme overlord of the Republic. Because that is how it seems. The way the state silence opposition, the way they treat the public space and take total control. That is why the opposition leader was under house-arrest. While WhatsApp and other social media was blocked during the polls.
This is how you stay in power, but not you respect the public. He says he doesn’t feel like a dictator himself. However, this is how a dictator wins an election. Gnassingbe not want to hear that, but this month he played from the Dictators Handbook. We knew the drill and he played along. Peace.