February 2005
New York Amsterdam News;2/10/2005, Vol. 96 Issue 7, p2
The article reports that President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Africa's longest-serving head of state, has died on Saturday while he was undergoing medical evacuation for treatment abroad. Prime Minister Kofi Sama announced Eyadema's death on state radio on Saturday night. The move caught some Togolese surprise, as the president of National Assembly, Ouattara Sambare Natchaba, by law should have become acting head of state following the death in office of the president. The youths had invaded the Escravos tank farm and oil terminal belonging to Chevron Texaco Ugborodo, Warri, Delta State, after breakdown in negotiation between community leaders and oil company management over a number of community development and employment issues.


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