President Gnassingbe to remain in power until 2030 as Togo changes law to allow

President Gnassingbe to remain in power until 2030 as Togo changes law to allow

Togo becomes the latest in several African nations to change the constitution to extend presidential terms.Togo’s parliament voted a constitutional change allowing President Faure Gnassingbe, whose family has ruled the small West African country since 1967, to run two more terms and potentially remain in power until 2030. The new law now grants presidents to

Togo becomes the latest in several African nations to change the constitution to extend presidential terms.Togo’s parliament voted a constitutional change allowing President Faure Gnassingbe, whose family has ruled the small West African country since 1967, to run two more terms and potentially remain in power until 2030.

The new law now grants presidents to serving two terms, but also means Gnassingbe can stand for the next two elections, in 2020 and 2025, as it does not apply retroactively.

Gnassingbe succeeded his father in 2005, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, who forcefully took power in a coup more than 50 years ago and ruled with an iron fist till his death.

Gnassingbe’s party hold two-thirds of the seats in parliament,making  all 90 lawmakers present vote late Wednesday to approve the change, but other parties are also close to the president. While the main opposition boycotted elections last year

“The President of the Republic is elected by universal suffrage… for a term of five years, renewable once,” the new text of the constitution read, which also made the presidential election a two-round race.

Although the opposition opposed the reforms, and last year, demonstrators demanded Gnassingbe step down during dozens of marches, But the 14-party opposition coalition refused to take part in December elections, condemning the playing field as biased, leaving parliament in the hands of Gnassingbe’s party.

 

 

 

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