Togo to hold elections

Togo leader Faure Gnassingbe has bowed to international pressure and said presidential elections will be held within 60 days.

    Faure Gnassingbe took power after the death of his father

    His election announcement on Friday is an about face from his original stance last month following his hoisting into power on the death of his father.

    "I have decided in the higher interests of the nation to continue the process of transition in line with the constitution of 1992 amended in December 2002 and organise the presidential election within the stipulated time of 60 days," Gnassingbe said.

    "The government will make the necessary arrangements to this effect," he said, adding, "we heartily desire ECOWAS to accompany us in this electoral process."

    ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States of which Togo is a member, had led the pressure on Gnassingbe to conform to the original constitution after parliament changed it to authorise him to take office and rule until 2008.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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