New election date in Togo

New election date in Togo



full screen Faure Gnassingbé (center). Archive image. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan/AP/TT

Togo will hold parliamentary elections on April 29, the country’s government announced.

The election was originally supposed to be held on April 20, but the government decided to postpone it after the parliament passed a controversial law in March which means that the president must be chosen by the parliament and not in a general election.

As the reason for the delay, President Faure Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005, cited the need for more consultations on the reform before the election.