Opposition supporters in Togo are defying government restrictions on protests to demand the president’s resignation. They want to see constitutional reforms introduced, including a two-term limit for presidents.
While the government has agreed to accommodate the reforms, the opposition is sceptical about whether it will be applied retrospectively. They suspect President Faure Gnassingbe will be allowed to run for office for another two terms.
Faure Gnassingbe took over power after succeeding his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled for nearly four decades. Togo’s opposition now wants changes in the voting system and a term limit for the presidency