Patriotic Pan-African Convergence

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The Patriotic Pan-African Convergence (French: Convergence patriotique panafricaine) is a political party in Togo. Former Prime Minister Edem Kodjo is the President of the CPP.[1]

The CPP was created in August 1999[2] through the merger of four parties:[2][3] the Togolese Union for Democracy (UTD), led by Kodjo, the Party of Action for Democracy (PAD), led by Francis Ekoh, the Party of Democrats for Unity (PDU), and the Union for Democracy and Solidarity (UDS), led by Antoine Foly.[3]

The CPP, as part of the Coalition of Democratic Forces, boycotted the October 2002 parliamentary election.[3][4] Kodjo ran as the CPP's candidate in the June 2003 presidential election.[3][5] During the campaign, the CPP called for a debate on television between Kodjo and President Gnassingbé Eyadéma after the RPT engaged in what it considered personal attacks on Kodjo.[5] In the election, Kodjo received 0.96% of the vote[6][7] and took fifth place.[6] The CPP called for the opposition to unite to choose a single candidate in the April 2005 presidential election, following Eyadéma's death.[8]

Following the 2005 presidential election, Kodjo was appointed Prime Minister on June 8, 2005. In the government named under Kodjo on June 20, another member of the CPP, Jean-Lucien Savi de Tové, was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry.[9]

The party participated in the October 2007 parliamentary election,[10] but did not win any seats.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Une démocratie en bonne santé", Republicoftogo.com, January 12, 2007 (French).
  2. ^ a b "World Briefing: TOGO: OPPOSITION ALLIANCE", The New York Times, August 17, 1999.
  3. ^ a b c d Political Parties of the World (6th edition, 2005), ed. Bogdan Szajkowski, page 591.
  4. ^ "Communiqué de presse de la Coalition des Forces Démocratiques à la suite de la mascarade électorale du 27 octobre 2002", togo-confidentiel.com, October 28, 2002 (French).
  5. ^ a b "TOGO: Security personel to vote on Thursday instead of Sunday", IRIN, May 28, 2003.
  6. ^ a b "RAPPORT DE LA MISSION EXPLORATOIRE DEPECHEE DANS LA PERSPECTIVE DE L’ELECTION PRESIDENTIELLE ANTICIPEE DU 24 AVRIL 2005 AU TOGO", democratie.francophonie.org (French).
  7. ^ "Edem Kodjo, un Premier ministre sans transition", rfi.fr, June 9, 2005 (French).
  8. ^ "TOGO: Voters to go to polls on 24 April to elect new president", IRIN, March 4, 2005.
  9. ^ Muriel Signouret, "Kodjo à la barre", Jeuneafrique.com, June 26, 2005 (French).
  10. ^ "Comment sont décomptés les suffrages", Republicoftogo.com, October 14, 2007 (French).
  11. ^ Text of Constitutional Court decision (final election results), October 30, 2007 (French).