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Togo military agrees to restore constitutional order

[JURIST] Togolese Army General Seyi Memene has agreed to "return the country to constitutional order" following talks held Tuesday [JURIST report] between Togo [government website in French] and ECOWAS [official website] representatives. Nigerian Foreign Minister Aichatou Mindaoudou said the talks yielded a good response and were very encouraging. No official details were released, but anonymous sources have said that a presidential election may be held as soon as the next sixty days. It is unclear if current President Faure Gnassingbe [BBC profile], who was placed into the presidency by the military following the death of the former president, his father, will resign or will remain in office until the election. After Gnassingbe Eyadema's death, the country's constitution was changed to allow Faure to remain in office without an immediate election. ECOWAS and the African Union had both threatened sanctions [JURIST report] against Togo unless it restored the nation's constitution to its orginal form. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Togo. BBC News has more.

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