Togo's Faure Gnassingbé says elections will be held in 60 days
Saturday, February 19, 2005African leaders, Togo's President has announced on Friday that new elections will be held within 60 days. Mr. Gnassingbé was selected as the successor of his father , Africa's longest serving leader, who passed away two week ago.Following pressure from
"I have decided in the higher interests of the nation to continue the process of transition in line with the constitution of 1992 ... and organise the presidential election within the stipulated time of 60 days," Mr. Gnassingbé told in a televised address on a state channel. He said that he intends to remain in power until the elections.
Mr. Gnassingbé's selection with the army's help — in contrast to the process outlined by the Togolese constitution — has drawn sharp criticisms from world leaders and Togo's population. Despite his decision to hold elections the criticism continued. On SaturdayPresident , the chairman of , said that Togo faces "immediate sanctions" if Mr. Gnassingbé did not step down. According to the constitution in effect at the time when Gnassingbé Eyadéma died, upon the president's death power is transferred to the head of the national assembly.
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