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Togo presidential elections 2020

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On February 22, 2020, Togo, a former French colony, will be heading to the polls to elect its President out of seven candidates including the long standing incumbent Faure Gnassingbé who will be contesting for a fourth term in office. The upcoming 2020 elections is the first being held since presidential term limits were restored in May 2019. This election brings back to focus a number of issues including; the new presidential term limit, the new electoral code which makes it possible for Togolese from the diaspora to vote, media professionalism and fake news, and fears of a possible social media ban.

The stakes are very high considering the general demand for a regime change in the country. The ruling party Union for the Republic (UNIR) of Faure Gnassingbé is bent on retaining power while the two major candidates from the opposition, Jean Pierre Fabre from National Alliance for Change (ANC) and Agbeyomé Messan Kodjo, from the Patriotic Movement for Democracy and Development (MPDD) respectively, are determined to seize power and lead the country to its first democratic transition.

New Presidential Term Limit Law. New Electoral Code

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the parliament in Togo voted in May 2019, a new law introducing a two term limit mandate which allows the longstanding President Faure Gnassingbé to potentially stay at the helm of the country until 2030, thus extending his family’s grip on power to 63 years. The law was passed despite massive protests in 2017 from citizens calling for the President to step down. The protests resulted in deadly clashes between citizens and security forces.

New Presidential Term Limit Law. New Electoral Code

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the parliament in Togo voted in May 2019, a new law introducing a two term limit mandate which allows the longstanding President Faure Gnassingbé to potentially stay at the helm of the country until 2030, thus extending his family’s grip on power to 63 years. The law was passed despite massive protests in 2017 from citizens calling for the President to step down. The protests resulted in deadly clashes between citizens and security forces.

PULLED FROM allafrica.com

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