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  • UN envoy calls for swift introduction of term limits to prevent crisis

    TOGO, 2017/09/10 Togo must go the way of other West African nations and swiftly limit presidential terms to two if it wants to prevent protests escalating into a political crisis, the United Nations envoy to the region said on Saturday. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the completed three days to request that President Faure Gnassingbe step aside, in the majority critical challenge to his family’s 50-year ruling dynasty since the death of his father in 2005.
  • Faure Gnassingbe has nothing new to offer Togo after 12 years

    TOGO, 2017/09/09 “I believe whatever he (Faure Gnassingbe) has to do in terms of development, whatever ideas he has, he must have exhausted them by presently, unless he has something new that we do not know,” this is the view of ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on the unfolding political crisis in Togo. He as well adds that it is significant that the Togolese leader takes concrete action on the anti-government protests that has rocked the country. “I believe that President Faure Gnassingbe will have to do something about it,” Obasanjo told the BBC Africa service on Friday. On the question of whether the 52-year-old should step down as demanded by protesters, Obasanjo said, I believe he should have a new constitution that will have limits to the number of terms that anybody can be president and he should abide by that.
  • Togo Votes As President Gnassingbe Seeks Third Term.

    TOGO, 2015/04/26 The Togolese people have gone to the polls to decide whether to give Faure Gnassingbe a third term. The president faces a divided opposition in voting by presently delayed to make late changes to how results are tallied. Oddsmakers and commentators expected Togo's presidential incumbent, Faure Gnassingbe, to win a third term in office and extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century next Saturday's single-round election. Campaigning went largely peacefully, with no signs of the tensions that led to violence in 2005, at the same time as at least 500 died and thousands were injured next the election.
  • Polls Open in Togo's Presidential Vote

    TOGO, 2015/04/26 Polls have opened in Togo's presidential election on Saturday. Voting began in a little while next 7 GMT in Lome, the capital of the west African country where 3.5 million people are registered to vote. Polling stations are scheduled to close at 1600 GMT.
  • Political dialogue in Togo

    TOGO, 2014/06/06 Opposition ANC blames ruling party for breakdown in political dialogue - The opposition party in Togo, the National Alliance for Change (ANC), has blamed the ruling majority for the breakdown in the political dialogue ahead of institutional and constitutional reforms in the country. The Jean-Pierre Fabre-led party pointed accusing fingers on the ruling majority, in a statement issued here Wednesday. “Despite the sustained efforts made until the last day of the dialogue by the facilitator, the ruling party remained stuck on key issues, inclunding those related to the recommendations made by the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission,' ANC deplored.
  • Mali local elections by March 2014

    TOGO, 2013/11/06 A Togolese opposition party, National Alliance for Change (ANC), is calling on the government to hold local elections, which have been postponed several times, by the end of the initial quarter of next year. In an official statement issued on Monday in Lomé, the party reminded the government of the commitments it made in Brussels in April 2004, during consultations between Togo and the European Union (EU), next the break in their cooperation in 1993 for 'democratic deficit '. According to ANC, which is led by of Jean-Pierre Fabre, the commitments concern the holding of free and equitable elections 'in a 12-month deadline' with effective transfer of power and resources necessary for efficient local government.
  • Togo lesislative polls

    TOGO, 2013/07/27  The Chief of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, Ambassador Leopold Ouédraogo, has commended the Togolese people for their high sense of civic business and patriotism, with early reports indicating a generally peaceful atmosphere as the country’s three million plus registered voters went to the polls on Thursday, 25 July, 2013, to elect members of the 91-seat National Assembly. Pre-election political tension had raised apprehension in some quarters, but next observing voting in polling centres in the Maritime region with his team, part of the 80-strong ECOWAS observers in the country, Ambassador Ouédraogo commended the orderliness and calm exhibited by the people and the professionalism of the electoral officials.
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.
  • Togo's parliamentary election fixed for 21 July

    TOGO, 2013/06/09  Togolese will vote on 21 July to elect their Members of Parliament, the Ministry of Territorial Government said on Friday.