Nassingbe Ayadema


January 24, 2022

Nassingbé Eyadéma (French: Gnassingbé Eyadéma; 26 December 1937 – 5 February 2005) was a former president of Togo. He served for 38 years (1967-2005), which is the longest serving president in Africa. Passed away from myocardial ischemia on February 5, 2005, during a trip to France for treatment.


Ayadema was born into a family of Kabie farmers in northern Togo. He had joined the French army and fought in Indochina and Algeria. before returning to Togo in In 1962, the following year, he coup d'état took power from President Silvanus Olympio and supported Nicholas Gruniski to take over as head of the country, but in 1967 he coup d'etat. up again and became president of Togo himself at the age of 29 Ayadema was very popular during his first presidency. But due to dictatorship and poor economic conditions, its popularity quickly declined. He had been assassinated many times but survived each time. As resistance grew stronger, Ayadema allowed elections to be held in August 1993. The result showed that Ayadema won with 96.42% of the vote because it had no credible opponent. He won re-election in 1998 and served as president again. Despite criticism for the lack of transparency and human rights violations in the elections. Ayadema promised to step down at the end of his term in 2016. 2003, but when it came time to fulfill his promise, he agreed to "make another sacrifice" for peace and security.

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