Togo elections to be held 'latest' 5 March

2015-02-03 10:13

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Lome - Togo's constitutional court announced on Monday that presidential elections have to be held by 5 March "at the latest".

Voting in the West African country had to take place at least 60 days before the end of President Faure Gnassingbe's second term, which officially runs out on 3 May, the court said in a statement read on national television.

The announcement comes as lawmakers debate a constitutional reform bill that would limit the number of presidential mandates to two five-year terms, barring Gnassingbe, 48, from seeking re-election.

A first draft of the bill was rejected in June by parliament, which is dominated by the president's ruling Rally of the Togolese People.

Gnassingbe has been in power since the 2005 death of his father, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled with an iron fist for 38 years.

The opposition disputed his election wins in 2005 and 2010.

Last year, several thousand protestors took to the streets of the capital Lome to demand Gnassingbe be barred from courting a third term.

Read more on:    faure gnassingbe  |  togo  |  west africa

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