Togo : ECOWAS calls for elections to resolve crisis

Togo : ECOWAS calls for elections to resolve crisis

Leaders from ECOWAS countries gathered in Lomé called on Tuesday for legislative elections to be held in Togo to resolve its political crisis after months of anti-regime protests.

The summit of the Economic Community of West African States held in Lomé issued a final statement saying the heads of state “…urge the (Togolese) government to revise the electoral plans and organise legislative elections for December 20, 2018.”

But the coalition of 14 opposition parties (C14) has rejected calls for elections under the current regime claiming they would be rigged.

Anti-government sentiments have been on the rise since August 19, 2017 in Togo which has no term limits for the president.

The opposition has been pushing for the resignation of incumbent Faure Gnassingbé who has been in power since 2005 after the death of his father who had ruled the country for 38 years.

The opposition has also demanded a return to the 1992 constitution which included a two-term limit for presidents, effective retroactively so Gnassingbé could not be a candidate in 2020.

A dialogue that started on February 19, 2018 under the facilitation of Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo stalled in March after three rounds of talks.

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