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Togo: Front Citoyen « Togo Debout » – Communique (28.02.2020)

An Election out of the Dictators Handbook: The 72% win for Gnassingbe

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.

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Opinion: Gnassingbe, it is not about your feelings, but your actions!

“Sometimes these statements and opinions are exaggerated — in any case, I don’t feel like a dictator”Faure Gnassingbe to Le Monde in February 2020

I hate to say it Mr. President, but this is not about how you feel, but how THEY feel. How the public really feel and why address you as if they do. It is hard not to call you a dictator or a tyrant. Because, your actions speaks much louder than your words.

The way you got into power after your father. Second Generation Gnassingbe, the man who’s holding a tight grip on the Republic and family affairs, which means the Togolaise government. That is you, Mr. President.

That you started your reign with killing 50 people with 2500 soldiers in civilian clothes. That you has persisted in-office, using all means to stay there. Blocking opposition, scaring activists to exile or arresting their leaders. There is no bounds to what you do.

You are now blocking foreign observers, while CENI is suspending electronic transmissions of the election results. As well, as warning of a internet blockade and social media blackout ahead of the polls. Reports is that WhatsApp is already blocked before the polls, as of today. While the activists and organizers behind the uprising in 2017 is in either jail, exile or dead. Therefore, your words are somewhat pointless, when your actions is deafening.

Mr. President you can act a fool and think you can get away with it. As you are running for your fourth term after a shoddy referendum. Which is all based on you continued reign, not on the betterment of the Republic. We all know that, even the ghosts of Christmas Past knows that.

If you didn’t send soldiers to quell demonstrations, arrest the leaders and kill innocent civilians. Maybe, people wouldn’t address you as a dictator. If you didn’t block concerts and rallies on beaches. Maybe, the people the people wouldn’t call you an dictator. Maybe, if you didn’t act with swift death and destruction every time someone challenge you. Maybe, if you acted right, they wouldn’t call you names. However, the problems is that you do all of this, repeatedly.

So, when you need extensive rigging, everything done in darkness. Expect the results to be thereafter. Expect more bloodshed, more pain and suffering of the Republic. Because, one man and his family feels entitle to run it by any means necessary. This is the same family that has ruled the Republic for 53 years now. While extending it yet another term tomorrow.

There will be no election tomorrow, only a pre-fixed selection. The President wouldn’t back-down, this is his anyway. If someone stands in his way, they will be gone, either by the book, by crook or by the hook. Feel me?

So, if they address you as a tyrant, as a dictator, Mr. President it’s not because of your words, but your actions. They are loud and clear, one unison message, the Gnassignbe before country. Peace.

Togo: Communique de la CENI (20.02.2020)

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