1967 Togolese coup d'état

The 1967 Togolese coup d'état was a bloodless military coup that occurred in the West African country of Togo on 13 January 1967.[1] The leader of the coup, Lieutenant Colonel Étienne Eyadéma (later General Gnassingbé Eyadéma) ousted Togo's second President, Nicolas Grunitzky, whom he essentially brought to power following the 1963 coup d'état.

1967 Togolese coup d'état
Location Togo AU Africa.svg
Date13 January 1967
Location6°7′55″N 1°13′22″E / 6.13194°N 1.22278°E / 6.13194; 1.22278Coordinates: 6°7′55″N 1°13′22″E / 6.13194°N 1.22278°E / 6.13194; 1.22278

Coup attempt succeeds.

Government Army faction
Commanders and leaders
Nicolas Grunitzky Étienne Eyadéma
Kléber Dadjo
Casualties and losses
No casualties reported.
1967 Togolese coup d'état is located in Togo
1967 Togolese coup d'état
Nexus of coup in Lomé (marked green), Togo

Following the coup, political parties were banned, and all constitutional processes were suspended. Colonel Kléber Dadjo was named interim President of Togo (as Chairman of the National Reconciliation Committee), a position that he held until 14 April 1967, when Eyadéma assumed the presidency.[1]

Eyadéma went on to rule the country until his death on 5 February 2005.[2][3][4][5]



  1. ^ a b "Coups in Togo". globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  2. ^ "Gnassingbé Eyadéma, 69, Togo Ruler, Dies". The New York Times. February 7, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Togolese president Eyadema dies". BBC. February 6, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Wurster 2005, p. 1566.
  5. ^ Kuranga 2012, p. 74.