The current president of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, took over from his father, the fifth president Gnassingbé Eyadema. As a family, the Gnassingbés has ruled Togo for 51 years. His political career was geared towards a shot at the presidency. His father appointed him the Minister of Equipment, Mines, Posts, and Telecommunications in 2003.
Upon the death of Eyadema in 2005, Gnassingbé was installed as president, with support from the army. This went against the constitution of the country, where the president of the National Assembly should become acting president upon the death of the sitting president.
Currently, there are protests to get Gnassingbé out of power because of his excesses.