Togo. After the tumultuous and bloody change of power in 2005, when Faure Gnassingbé took over the presidential post from his suddenly deceased father Gnassingbé Eyadéma, in 2006 a general desire for political reconciliation arose. Symbolically, for the first time in four decades, Independence Day was celebrated on the right date, not on the anniversary of Eyadéma’s takeover of 1967.
Following the mediation of Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré, the government and the opposition in August signed an agreement to form a unity government and hold new elections in 2007. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Togo include Independence Day (April 27) and New Year (January 1). The most important posts in the new government went to the president’s party, but the assignment as prime minister was given to leading opposition politician Yawovi Agboyibo. The Union of Changing Forces, led by fugitive Gilchrist Olympio, was offered four ministerial posts but boycotted the government because it was not allowed to appoint a prime minister. However, the unity government won a hearing with the EU, which for the first time since 1993 approved the payment of aid to Togo. In the first half, the equivalent of about SEK 150 million was allocated. for rural development projects.
Like most African countries, Togo is raised by China, which has great interest in African commodities. A new presidential palace, funded and built by China, was inaugurated in April.