Faure Gnassingbe

Picture of Faure Gnassingbe

Date of Birth: 06/06/1966

Age: 50

Place of birth: Kabui Afagnan

Nationality: Togo


Later, he studied at George Washington University in the US, where he received a degree in management.

Born June 6, 1966 in the settlement of the tribe Kabui Afagnan in Togo. The son of President Gnassingbe Eyyademy.

Fort Essozimna received his secondary education in Lome, capital of Togo, and then went to Paris to study at the "Sorbonne", where he earned a degree in business financial management.

Later, he studied at George Washington University in the US, where he received a degree in management.

He was elected to the National Assembly of Togo for the parliamentary elections in October 2002. He served as coordinator of the commission in charge of privatization.

July 29, 2003 he was appointed the Minister of Equipment, Mines, Posts and Telecommunications, held this position until presidential formation in February 2005.

Some opposition claimed that the amendment of the Constitution, adopted in December 2002, lowering the minimum age for a president with a forty-five to thirty-five years, was introduced specifically for Handicap Essozimna. His appointment to the government in July 2003 happened after, when his candidacy was presented as a successor to his father. Faure was also appointed chairman of the country`s only ruling party founded by his father, "The combination of the Togolese people."

Eyyadema died suddenly February 5, 2005. According to the Constitution, after the death of the president of the country, President of the National Assembly to become acting president. After the death of the President of the National Assembly Eyyademy Fambare Nachaba he was abroad, and Faure Gnassingbe was presented sworn in as acting president, in order to "ensure stability". But Gnassingbe declared himself president of an official, which led to general discontent. Many believed that Nachaba did not want to return to Him out of fear that the Gnassingbe clan would kill him. The army was on the side Fora, virtually forcing Nachaba abdicate all authority. However, Fort Essozimna did not go against the opinion of the African Union, considers the change of power in Togo by a military coup, and gave the presidency to the candidate Nachaba lawful, but only to have been appointed the official elections. In the elections of April 24, 2005 won Faure Gnassingbe Essozimna and became president. The opposition, in turn, responded with mass meetings and demonstrations, accompanied by numerous victims and the flow of refugees to neighboring countries.