Political reforms in Togo: Bishop Nicodème Barrigah-Bénissan chairs discussions

As announced last week, the discussions among the leaders of the parliamentary political parties about constitutional and institutional reforms resumed Monday in Lomé at Togo Télécom headquarters in the presence of Bishop Nicodème Barrigah-Bénissan as a facilitator.

After five days of discussions, the parties involved in the discussions agreed on the need for a facilitator who would lead the dialogue in good conditions, which explains the choice of Bishop Barrigah, former Chairman of the Truth Commission (CVJR).

Five parliamentary political parties are taking part in these discussions, l’Union pour la République (UNIR), l’Alliance Nationale pour le Changement (ANC), The Arc-en-ciel Coalition, l’Alliance des Démocrates pour le Développement Intégral (ADDI)and l’Union des Forces de Changement (UFC). The Government is also represented in the discussions, but as an observer.

12 important issues are to be discussed, including the political regime, the length and the presidential term limit, the eligibility of the president of the Republic, the reforms to the Constitutional Court, and the procedures of voting for all elections.

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