Ben Curtis, United Kingdom, The Associated Press.
Faure Gnassingbe, the son of Africa’s longest-reigning dictator Gnassingbe Eyadema, was elected president of Togo in April. The military had installed Gnassingbe as president after his father’s death in February, in a move described by the opposition and some other African leaders as a military coup.
Under strong international pressure, Gnassingbe stepped down and called an election. Opposition members alleged the polls were rigged and organized protests. Within minutes of Gnassingbe being declared winner they rampaged through the streets of the capital Lome, burning barricades and clashing with security forces.