Opposition calls fresh protests in Togo

Opposition in Togo have called for fresh protests on Wednesday and Thursday  to maintain pressure in their campaign to unseat President Faure Gnassingbe.

The coalition of 14 opposition parties has described Wednesday’s protest as a “final warning” to the regime, and Thursday’s as a “march of anger”.

Similar rallies in September drew more than 100,000.

The opposition protesters have vowed to continue the protests until the original two five-year term limits are restored including a two-ballot system, reform of the Constitutional Court and the Electoral Commission.
President Faure Gnassingbe has been in power in the West African country since the death in 2005 of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had been at the helm for 38 years.

The late President Gnassingbe Eyadema passed a law in 1992 limiting the president to two terms in power, only to scrap it a decade later.

The protests that followed Faure Gnassingbe’s first election victory in 2005 triggered a violent security crackdown in which around 500 people were killed.

A number of long-serving African rulers have moved to drop term limits in recent years in order to remain in power. In some cases, this has sparked strong opposition that has led to violent unrest.