Togo, West Africa

The Republic of Togo is a small country on the coast of West Africa, bordered on the West by Ghana, East by Benin and North by Burkina Faso. Togo has a population of 6.3 million people, which is less than the number of people who live in the five boroughs of New York City. Of them, 32% live below the poverty line. Life expectancy is 51 years for men and 55 years for women.

In the past decade, Togo’s reputation for political instability and corruption has decreased substantially.  With former president Eyadema’s death and consequent elections, many Western nations have recognized the development of a democratic political culture in Togo. Benchmark legislative elections were held in October 2007.  ll opposition parties participated, and the elections were declared free and fair by international and national election observers.

According to the US State Department, “Togo pursues an active foreign policy and participates in many international organizations. It is particularly active in West African regional affairs and in the African Union. Relations between Togo and neighboring states are generally good.”

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