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Despite protests against his prolonged tenure, President Faure Gnassingbe has confirmed he will run for a fourth term in the upcoming elections.

Yesterday, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe confirmed that he would be running for a potential fourth term in next month's national elections, according to News24.

With President Gnassingbe's tenure approaching 15 years, a tenure preceded by his own father Gnassingbe Eyadema's near four-decade long rule, it appears the head of state is intent on extending his family's largely unrivalled rule over the small West African country.


Several anti-government protests have been led by the Togolese in the past as part of an effort to force President Gnassingbe to step down from power.

In 2017, as many as 800 000 protesters took part in massive national demonstrations where, at the time, Reuters reported that at least two people were killed and 13 others injured. The likes of Jean-Pierre Fabre, prominent leader of one of the opposition parties, campaigned for the revival of a provision within the constitution which stated that "under no circumstances may anyone serve more than two terms".

However, heavy crackdowns carried out by the ruling Union for the Republic (UNIR) government as well as internal disagreements within opposition parties failed to exert the necessary political pressure required to tip the scales in the people's favor.

Aljazeera reports that in May of last year, Togo's parliament passed an amendment to the country's constitution which subsequently permitted President Gnassingbe to run for president in both 2020 and 2025. While the amendment caps the number of terms for which a democratically-elected president can run at two, it doesn't take into the account any previous terms the incumbent may have already served. As a result, President Gnassingbe who could potentially serve as president until 2030.

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe Confirms He Will Run for a Fourth Term

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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Former South African President Infuriates South Africans With Comments on Apartheid

Former President F.W. de Klerk claims that 'Apartheid was not a crime against humanity'.

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk has stirred controversy after he made claims that "Apartheid was not a crime against humanity".

The former statesman made the comments during a number of interviews held amid events last week which were commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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Austrian-Nigerian Designer Kenneth Ize Makes Spectacular Debut at Paris Fashion Week

The designer topped off his debut by having supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the runway.

Last night, Austrian-Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize debuted at Paris Fashion week and put on an undeniably spectacular show.

The designer wowed with his Autumn/Winter '20 collection and then topped it all off by having international supermodel Naomi Campbell walk the run way last and bring the show to a close.

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