Party of Togolese Unity
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Party of Togolese Unity
Party of Togolese Unity

Parti de l'unité togolaise
FounderSylvanus Olympio
Founded13 March 1941 (1941-03-13)
Dissolved1963 (1963)
HeadquartersLomé, Togo
IdeologyAfrican nationalism

The Party of Togolese Unity (French: Parti de l'unité togolaise, PUT), initially known as the Committee of Togolese Unity (Comité de l'unité togolaise, CUT) until 1963, was a political party in Togo. The party was formed on 13 March 1941 as CUT and led by Sylvanus Olympio. CUT gradually became more radical, and from 1947 onwards it demanded self-determination. In 1951, a moderate faction broke away and formed the Union of Chiefs and Peoples of the North (UCPN). During the period from 1951 to 1958, CUT was the main opposition party in French Togoland, and represented the mainstream of the anticolonialist movement in the territory.

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
1961 Sylvanus Olympio 560,938 100% Elected Green tickY

National Assembly elections

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/- Position
1946 Sylvanus Olympio
Increase 14 Increase 1st
Decrease 13 Decrease 3rd
1952 10,650

(in alliance with Juvento)

Increase 8 Increase 2nd
1955 Boycotted
Decrease 9
1958 190,098 61.2%
Increase 29 Increase 1st
1961 560,938 100%
Increase 23 Steady 1st


  • Toulabor, Comi M. Le Togo sous Eyadéma. Paris: Karthala, 1986.

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