Togo 'coup attempt' denounced

2009-04-18 11:49
Lome - Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe on Friday denounced on state television a "coup attempt" against him after his arrested brother was fingered as being involved in the plot.

Gnassingbe said the coup "was planned to be staged when I was away on a working visit to China," adding that the plotters "wanted to seize power by force and destabilise republican institutions".

Gnassingbe did not once mention by name his half-brother, former defence minister Kpatcha Gnassingbe, who was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly conspiring to oust his sibling.

The arrest took place outside the US embassy in Lome, where he had sought asylum, and followed raids on his house earlier in the week.

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