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Vol 59 No 24

Published 7th December 2018


Boycott threatens landslide

President Faure Gnassingbé's ruling party, l'Union pour la république (Unir), promises to sweep the board in the parliamentary election on 20 December – but only because the opposition is boycotting what it says will be a rigged contest. Politics has been deadlocked for a year, mainly over opposition demands that the incumbent should not be allowed to stand for two further terms of office. He succeeded his father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who had ruled Togo since 1967, on his death in 2005.

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