Thursday 22 February 2018

Mass Protests in Togo for Constitutional Reform

Mass Protests in Togo for Constitutional Reform
(Voice of America 09/07/17)
Mass Protests in Togo for Constitutional Reform

Protests were staged Wednesday across the small West African nation of Togo with demands for an end to the five-decade dynastic hold on power by President Faure Gnassingbe and his family.

Hundreds of thousands of people, urged by leaders of Togo’s opposition parties, took to the streets of the capital, Lome, and several other cities calling for Gnassingbe to leave office once his term ends in 2020, and for a constitutional amendment to re-impose presidential term limits. A law was passed in 1992 that limited the president to two terms in office, but Gnassingbe’s father, the late President Gnassingbe Eyadema, scrapped it a decade later.

Similar protests in August turned deadly, with at least two people killed by security forces.

Faure Gnassingbe assumed the presidency of Togo when his father died in 2005, after 38 years in power. The current president’s cabinet adopted a proposed bill Tuesday that reinstates presidential term limits. Read more at:

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