Zarifou Ayéva (born April 22, 1942) is a Togolese politician and the President of the Party for Democracy and Renewal (PDR). He served in the government of Togo as a minister during the 1970s and became an opposition leader in the early 1990s. He was a minor candidate in the 1998 presidential election and later served as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2007.
Ayéva was born in Sokodé, Tchaoudjo Prefecture. He was appointed to the government as Minister of Trade, Industry, and Transport on March 5, 1975, and he was appointed as Deputy Director-General of the National Iron and Steel Company (Société Nationale de Sidérurgie, SNS) in Lomé in 1977. He was also appointed as Secretary-General of the Togolese National Olympic Committee on March 17, 1977.
He was retained in the government as Minister of Trade and Transport on January 17, 1978 before being moved to the position of Minister of Information on November 14, 1978. He was dismissed from the government on March 19, 1979 and was appointed as Director-General of SNS on the same day, remaining in that post until 1982.
Ayéva subsequently became the President of the PDR, which was founded in May 1991, and from 1991 to 1993 he was a member of the High Council of the Republic (HCR), which acted as the transitional parliament; on the HCR, he served as President of the Commission on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the June 1998 presidential election, taking fourth place with 3.02% of the vote. On June 18, three days before the election, he and fellow opposition candidate Yawovi Agboyibo called for the election to be delayed due to irregularities during electoral preparations and difficulties they faced in campaigning, including their treatment by the High Audiovisual and Communication Authority. A residence belonging to Ayéva was ransacked by security forces on August 17, 1998.
In the government named on June 20, 2005, which included members of the opposition, Ayéva was appointed as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and African Integration.
At the PDR's Third Statutory Congress, held on February 24, 2007, was re-elected as the party's president. In the October 2007 parliamentary election, he was the first candidate on the PDR's candidate list for Tchaoudjo Prefecture, but the PDR did not win any seats in the election.
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