- Aug 24, 2002
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- The Diaspora
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4239983.stmPresident Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, Africa's longest serving ruler, has died aged 69, the government said in a statement.
Prime Minister Koffi Sama said Mr Eyadema, who had been ill for a number of years, died as he was being evacuated for medical treatment abroad.
Mr Sama also announced that all borders to the country had been closed.
Mr Eyadema had ruled the small west African country since 1967, when he rose to power in a military coup.