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

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.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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