Sunday 24 September 2017

Togo to limit presidential term of office to two

Togo to limit presidential term of office to two
(APA 09/07/17)
Togo to limit presidential term of office to two

The Togolese government has adopted a draft bill that limits the presidential term of office to two, as well as the system of a second-round ballot, the Cabinet said Wednesday in a statement.

According to the statement on Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, President, Faure Gnassingbé “reaffirmed his commitment to openness and invited the political stakeholders to complete the draft constitutional revision.”

The draft bill “is likely to favour the preservation of a climate of peace and serenity which is essential to enable our country to intensify its efforts to respond to the basic concerns of improvement of their living conditions,” the statement added.

The announcement of the new bill comes on the eve of two days of simultaneous demonstrations in several cities organized by the opposition demanding constitutional and institutional reforms in the country.

In office since 2005, the current Togolese president is serving his third term of five-years, after winning the presidential election held on 25 April 2015.

Faure succeeded his father Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who died in office after a 38-year rule.

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