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Yearbook 2017

Togo. The opposition, from August, repeated protests against proposals to amend the constitution that would allow President Faure Gnassingbé to remain until 2030. He succeeded his father in his death in 2005 and has ruled since then. At least 16 people were killed in clashes with security forces.

2017 Togo

According to, the government said in September that a referendum should be held after the opposition refused to support the change in parliament. 14 opposition parties want the president to only be able to sit for two periods and the decision to apply retroactively. That would prevent Gnassingbé from running for 2020. Regional leaders and organizations such as the African Union (AU) and West African ECOWAS have mediated unsuccessfully.

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