Togo. According to
Countryaah official site, a half-brother to the president was sentenced in
September to 20 years in prison for planning a coup in 2009. Kpatcha Gnassingbé was arrested while trying to seek
protection at the US embassy in Lomé, the day after soldiers
stormed his home under fire. Since then he had been
detained, ie. for over two years. The rivalry between the
two half-brothers was said to have been ongoing since
childhood. Another half-brother was acquitted.
A new law on the limited right to conduct public
demonstrations at the beginning of the year led to protests
and clashes between the riot police and opposition
supporters. The law provides that the application for a
permit for demonstrations must be submitted to the
government at least five days in advance. Organizers of
illegal demonstrations can be punished with imprisonment and
After the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World
Bank written off 80% of Togo's foreign debt at the end of
2010, France decided in May to repay the entire Togolese
bilateral debt of just over EUR 100 million.
In October, Togo was elected to the UN Security Council
on a two-year mandate 2012-13.