Togo: Arranging Things

Four months after the assassination of President Sylvanus Olympio by a disgruntled army sergeant, the Togolese electorate went dutifully to the polls this week to choose a new government. There was little suspense about the outcome. The voters, handed a single list, could only rubber-stamp the military-backed regime that has succeeded Olympio in the tiny West African republic.

Slated for a continued five-year term as President is Nicolas Grunitzky, 50, the mulatto son of a Prussian doctor and Togolese mother who headed a pro-French puppet regime before Olympio gained independence from Paris in 1960, and who...

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