Wednesday , 13 December 2017
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Protests in Togo against President Faure Gnassingbe
President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo

Protests in Togo against President Faure Gnassingbe

  • He has been in power for the past 12-years (No end in sight)
  • He inherited Power from His father who also ruled for 38-years

Opposition leaders in Togo have called on their supporters to maintain pressure on the government following massive demonstrations at the weekend against the Gnassingbe family, which has ruled the West African state for 50 years.

According to the authorities two protesters were killed in the second city, Sokode. The protest organisers seven people died at the hands of security forces across the country.

The protest centres on calls for a return to the 1992 constitution, which imposed presidential term limits.

The constitution was changed in 2002, allowing to president to serve an indefinite number of terms.

It is unclear how many people demonstrated, but images on social media suggest that tens of thousands marched.

There are reports that several opposition militants have been arrested.

There have also been allegations that soldiers have been going house-to-house today in Sokode and the capital, Lome, beating up people.

President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005. He succeeded his father, who took power in a military coup in 1967.

 

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