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Yearbook 2009

Togo. According to countryaah, the authorities claimed in April to have averted a coup attempt staged by the president's half-brother. President Brother Kpatcha Gnassingbé, former Defense Minister, was arrested when he tried to enter the US embassy to apply for asylum. The day before, soldiers had stormed his residence, killing at least two people and injuring three in a firefight. Kpatcha Gnassingbé had long been rumored to be in feud with his half-brother President Faure Gnassingbé since he was dismissed from the government without explanation. A policeman and 18 soldiers would be punished disciplinarily and then handed over to the civil justice system. None of the defendants needed to risk execution, because in June the Parliament unanimously decided to abolish the death penalty.

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