Togo celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of its independence on April 27 with a show of military strength in its capital, Lome.
Togo celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of its independence on April 27 with a show of military strength in its capital, Lome. The display, which also included marches by civilian organisations, was reviewed by President Etienne Eyadema. The President is Chief of the Armed Forces, which numbers 1,500 personnel -- divided between the infantry and two para-military gendarmerie. Togo also has a small air force, a medical unit and a signals unit.
The country became independent in 1960, after a period of rule by Britain and France under a United Nations Trusteeship set up in 1946. Previously, the two major powers had ruled Togo under a League of Nations mandate. Before World War One, the country was a German colony.
President Edema, as army commander, seized power in a coup in January, 1967.
SYNOPSIS: President Etienne Eyadema of Togo reviewed a civilian and military march-past in Lome, the nation's capital, on April the twenty-seventh -- the thirteenth anniversary of its independence.
Togo achieved its independence in 1960 after being ruled by Britain and France since the First World War, under League of Nations and United Nations mandates. Previously, it was German colony.
Togo's armed force number about one-thousand-five-hundred personnel, divided between the infantry an two pare-military gendarmerie. It also has a small air force, a medical unit and a signals unit. President Eyadema, who came to power in a coup in 1976 as army commander, is Chief of the Armed Forces.