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Parliament name (generic / translated) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 25 July 2013
Purpose of elections President Faure Gnassingbe's Union for the Republic (UNIR, formerly Togolese People's Rally, RPT) won the elections, taking 62 seats in the enlarged 91-member National Assembly (up from 81). Two opposition coalitions took a total of 25 seats: Mr. Jean-Pierre Fabre's Let's Save Togo Movement (CST) took 19 and the Rainbow Coalition, six. The CST comprised Mr. Fabre's National Alliance for Change (ANC) and dissidents of the Union of Forces for Change (UFC). The UFC, led by Mr. Gilchrist Olympio (son of Togo's first President, Sylvanus Olympio), was the main opposition force in the 2007 elections but joined the coalition government in 2010. Its share dropped from 27 to a mere three seats in 2013.

The UNIR ran on the government's record, citing economic growth and improvements in infrastructure. The CST promised "a real change”. Along with other opposition forces, it pushed for a two-term limit on the presidency that would bar President Gnassingbe from running for re-election in 2015. President Gnassingbe took power in 2005 on the death of his father, Eyadema Gnassingbe, after 38 years in office.

Parliamentary elections were first called for October 2012, but amendments to the electoral law shortly before the elections triggered street protests. The opposition argued that the amendments favoured the government and demanded electoral reform, which postponed the elections twice to July 2013. The electoral law, revised in February 2013, includes a clause on gender parity that was not applied in the 2013 elections.
Date of previous elections: 14 October 2007

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: N/A

Timing of election: Delayed elections

Expected date of next elections: July 2018

Number of seats at stake: 91 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 1,174 (1,015 men, 159 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 13.5%

Number of parties contesting the election: 14 (12 parties and 2 coalitions)

Number of parties winning seats: 5

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 3

Names of parties in government: Union for the Republic (UNIR), Union of Forces for Change (UFC) and Pan-African Patriotic Convergence (CPP, which is not represented in the National Assembly)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 20 August 2013

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Dama Dramani (UNIR)
Voter turnout
Round no 125 July 2013
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
2'011'203 (66.06%)
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Union for the Republic (UNIR)
Let’s Save Togo Movement (CST)
Rainbow Coalition
Union of Forces for Change (UFC)
National Awakening independent candidates
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Union for the Republic (UNIR) 62
Let’s Save Togo Movement (CST) 19
Rainbow Coalition 6
Union of Forces for Change (UFC) 3
National Awakening independent candidates 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Percent of women
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
National Assembly (14.08.2013, 21.08.2013, 03.09.2013, 20.09.2013, 23.09.2013, 07.04.2014)
Décision N°E-011/13 du 12 août 2013 de la Cour constitutionnelle

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