Togo to hold ballot on presidential limits

Dama Darmani, the president of the country’s National Assembly

WEST AFRICA – Authorities in the West Africa nation on Togo on Tuesday announced that it will sponsor a referendum on presidential term limits as spelled out in the constitution.

Togo experienced a wave of demonstrations earlier this month as thousands of citizens, mainly opposition supporters walk the streets demanding reforms, and for the country’s leader President Faure Gnassingbe to step down.

The protests impacted economic activities in the nation’s capital, Lomé as well as led to the cancellation of the Israel-Africa submit.

, announced that they are planning a referendum at a parliamentary session that was boycotted by much of the opposition.

“Voting will be by a two-thirds majority,” Darmani said.

Protesters in Togo’s term limits crisis

“The government will abide by the consequences, namely the use of a referendum to give the people a say,” he added.

Despite the national legislature planned vote regarding a possible referendum sources say both the supporters of the opposition and ruling party are planning rival protests in cities across the country.

Incumbent president Faure Gnassingbe has ruled Togo, a former French colony since 2005. Prior, his father Gnassingbe Eyedema ruled the country for four decades.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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