News24

Togo interrogates 3 opposition leaders

2012-06-17 22:16

Lome - Togo's government says it has arrested three opposition leaders after days of demonstrations in the West African nation.

The government said late on Saturday they had "invited three prominent organizers of the group for interrogation".

The state prosecutor says they are being interrogated in connection with acts of violence, vandalism and the destruction of public property after recent opposition protests in the capital. The state prosecutor said 56 opposition supporters have been arrested.

Togo is due for legislative and municipal elections in October. Opposition parties have expressed disagreement about the redrawing of boundaries for constituencies.

President Faure Gnassingbe seized power in 2005 after the death of his father, a longtime dictator. The country's 2010 election handed victory once more to the same family that has ruled Togo for nearly half a century.