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A presidential election was held in Togo on 21 June 1998. President Gnassingbé Eyadéma, in power since 1967, was re-elected with 52.1% of the total vote according to official results. The opposition disputed this and claimed victory for Gilchrist Olympio of the Union of the Forces of Change (UFC).

Léopold Gnininvi of the Democratic Convention of African Peoples (CPDA) was the first declared candidate in the election, followed by Eyadéma, the candidate of the Rally of the Togolese People (RPT), and Yawovi Agboyibo of the Action Committee for Renewal (CAR).[1]

The Constitutional Court declared the final results on 10 July 1998, and Eyadéma was sworn in on 24 July at a ceremony in the National Assembly that was boycotted by the opposition.[1]


e • d  Summary of the 21 June 1998 Togo presidential election results
Candidates - nominating parties Votes %
Gnassingbé Eyadéma - Rally for the Togolese People (Rassemblement du Peuple Togolais) 52.13%
Gilchrist Olympio - Union of Forces for Change (Union des Forces du Changement)) 34.10%
Yawovi Agboyibo - Action Committee for Renewal (Comité d'Action pour la Renouveau) 9.54%
Zarifou Ayéva - Party for Democracy and Renewal (Parti pour la Démocratie et le Renouveau) 3.02%
Léopold Gnininvi - Democratic Convention of African Peoples (Convention démocratique des peuples africains) 0.80%
Jacques Amouzou - Union of Independent Liberals (Union des Libéraux indépendants) 0.35%
Total (turnout 69.8 %) 1,587,027  
Registered voters 2,273,190
Total votes 1,587,027
Invalid or blank votes 28,159
Source: Constitutional Court of Togo (as reported in a UN document)


  1. ^ a b "DÉMOCRATISATION À LA TOGOLAISE" ("CHRONOLOGIE"), Tètè Tété, 1998 ( (French).


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