Togolese Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
There is no casino gambling in Togo. It is unclear whether this is due to laws prohibiting gambling or simply a lack of facilities. It is also unknown whether gambling activities such as sports betting or a state-run lottery exist in Togo.
Togo, also known as the Togolese Republic, is located in West Africa and bordered by Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso. The population of Togo is 4.8 million, and the capital is Lome.
The economy of the country relies heavily on agriculture, with 65% of its labor force devoted to this industry. Their largest exports include cotton, coffee and cocoa. Phosphate mining is also important, although it has declined in recent years due to falling phosphate prices and international competition.
Half of the population follows indigenous, animist beliefs. The second largest religion is Christianity, followed by Islam.
There are 37 ethnic groups in Togo, with the largest being the Ewe, Kabre and Mina. The official language of the country is French, with many other indigenous languages being spoken.
The most popular sport in the country is football (soccer). While the Togo national team has met with limited success on an international scale, they did qualify for the World Cup in 2006.
In 2005, Eyadema Gnassingbe, Togo’s dictator for the previous thirty-eight years, passed away. His son was installed as the ruler by the military, but this led to international protests. The son, Faure Gnassingbe, stepped down and called for elections. While he won, many questioned whether or not the results were legitimate. This led to violence which resulted in the deaths of 400 people. Due to the instability in the region, over 40,000 Togolese have fled to neighboring lands.
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