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Togo

Background

Togo

French Togoland became Togo in 1960. Gen. Gnassingbe EYADEMA, installed as military ruler in 1967, ruled Togo with a heavy hand for almost four decades. Despite the facade of multiparty elections instituted in the early 1990s, the government was largely dominated by President EYADEMA, whose Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party has maintained power almost continually since 1967 and maintains a majority of seats in today's legislature. Upon EYADEMA's death in February 2005, the military installed the president's son, Faure GNASSINGBE, and then engineered his formal election two months later. Democratic gains since then allowed Togo to hold its first relatively free and fair legislative elections in October 2007. After years of political unrest and condemnation from international organizations for human rights abuses, Togo is finally being re-welcomed into the international community.

About

Togo is a narrow country in West Africa, sandwiched between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east, with a small border with Burkina Faso to the north, and a 56km coastline on the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

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TogoNapoleon Lagune 

01 Rue 20
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Lome
Togo

Price (US$): $93 - $147 / night

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Location. Located in central Lome, Napoleon Lagune is near the airport and close to Grand Marche, Togo National Museum, and Independence Monument. Nearby points of interest also include Lome Beach. Hotel Features. Napoleon Lagune features 2 bars/lounges and a restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Lome property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and a meeting/conference room.… more »

TogoCORINTHIA HOTEL 2 FEVRIER 

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Lome
Togo

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TogoHotel Mercure Lomé Sarakawa 

Boulevard Du Mono Bp 2232
Lome 2232
Togo

Price (US$): $236 - $282 / night

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Location. Hotel Mercure Lomé Sarakawa is a business friendly hotel located in central Lome, close to Lome Beach and Grand Marche. Other area points of interest include Togo National Museum and Independence Monument. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Mercure Lomé Sarakawa include 2 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and an outdoor tennis court. This 3 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms,… more »

TogoIbis Lome Centre 

Avenue Du General De Gaulle
BP 128
Lome
Togo

Price (US$): $133 - $141 / night

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Location. Ibis Lome Centre is located near the beach in central Lome and close to Independence Monument, Togo National Museum, and Grand Marche. Nearby points of interest also include Lome Beach. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Ibis Lome Centre offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the brasserie (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This hotel has a business center and… more »

TogoIMPASSE NAPOLEON 

Rond Point CAP Togo
Lome
Togo

Price (US$): $50 - $107 / night

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Location. IMPASSE NAPOLEON is located in Lome, close to Grand Marche, Togo National Museum, and Independence Monument. Nearby points of interest also include Lome Beach. Hotel Features. IMPASSE NAPOLEON features a restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Guestrooms. 21 air conditioned guestrooms at… more »

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Togo

Full name
Togolese Republic
Capital
Lomé
Location

Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Benin and Ghana

Geographic coordinates

8 00 N, 1 10 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than West Virginia

Border countries

Benin 644 km, Burkina Faso 126 km, Ghana 877 km

Coastline

56 km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north

Terrain

gently rolling savanna in north; central hills; southern plateau; low coastal plain with extensive lagoons and marshes

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mont Agou 986 m

Natural resources

phosphates, limestone, marble, arable land

Population

6,587,239

Ethnic groups

African (37 tribes; largest and most important are Ewe, Mina, and Kabre) 99%, European and Syrian-Lebanese less than 1%

Religions

Christian 29%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 51%

Languages

French (official and the language of commerce), Ewe and Mina (the two major African languages in the south), Kabye (sometimes spelled Kabiye) and Dagomba (the two major African languages in the north)

Government type

republic under transition to multiparty democratic rule

Independence

27 April 1960 (from French-administered UN trusteeship)

National holiday

Independence Day, 27 April (1960)

Chief of state

President Faure GNASSINGBE (since 4 May 2005);

Head of government

Prime Minister Gilbert HOUNGBO (since 7 September 2008)

Internet country code

.tg

Internet users

356,300 (2009)

Airports

8 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Kpeme, Lome

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