Togolese Leaders to Open Talks

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LOME, TOGO, 10 JUNE 2018 – The Togolese president will hold talks with leaders of the country’s opposition political parties in the hope of ending months of violent protests.

President Faure Gnassingbe and Togolese opposition leaders are expected to open their talks on Thursday in the capital, Lome.

Opposition supporters started massive street protests in August 2017 calling for constitutional reforms, including term limits for the president.

The protests have become more radicalized, calling for an end to the Gnassingbe dynasty.

Faure Gnassingbe’s father Eyadema Gnassingbe became president in 1967 and ruled until his death in 2005 when his son became president.

Rallies across the country have increasingly focused on sloganeering around the ousting of the president: “Faure Must Go”.

Eyadema removed the three term limit for president from the constitution. So far, the government has claimed to have responded to the demands by releasing prisoners and proposing a referendum on the reinstatement of the three term limit.

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