Gnassingbé beefs up army to contend with pending threats

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe inspects the army during a military parade celebrating the 55th anniversary of Togo's independence in Lome on 27 April 2015.
Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe inspects the army during a military parade celebrating the 55th anniversary of Togo's independence in Lome on 27 April 2015. © Xinhua/Zhang Gaiping/MaxPPP
Faced with a jihadist threat on Chad's northern border and with troops engaged in peacekeeping operations in Mali, Togo's head of state has spearheaded a major shakeup of the army and defence ministry's leadership to prepare for challenges ahead. The new teams have been busy meeting arms suppliers from the UAE, Turkey and Russia in a move that has upset Paris, which is losing ground in the field of security cooperation. [...] (1779 words)
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