Togo: Parliament fails to discuss constitutional reforms

Togo’s parliament on Tuesday failed to discuss reforms to the country’s constitution despite series of protests in parts of the West African nation calling for changes.

The AFP reports that the reform agenda was not part of the agenda when Togo’s parliament met although there were indications that could be a major business for the lawmakers.

The lawmaking chamber however discussed the budget for the running of parliament with opposition MPs pushing for an end to the session, AFP reported.

The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe is coming under immense pressure to give in to agitations from Togolese protesting against his family’s ruling dynasty.

Opposition supporters have demanded for an end to the president’s family dynasty of 50 years and the need for a new constitution. Recent protests have been seen as the biggest challenge to the Gnassingbe dynasty in many years.

The leader of Togo’s main opposition National alliance for Change , Jean-Pierre Fabre  last Friday told Reuters that President Faure Gnassingbe must exit power or face more protests against his regime.

“He has to leave now. We will not accept him staying on any longer,” Jean-Pierre Fabre is quoted as saying. “The Togolese are tired … We will continue to protest,” he added.

Faure Gnassingbe took over from his father Eyadema 12 years ago after he died while in power for 38 years. He has since won elections in 2005, 2010 and 2015 but got the two-term limit for presidents scrapped a year ago to allow him to further prolong his rule.



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