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Togo's parliament amends constitution to allow for elections in 60 days

[JURIST] Togo's parliament [official website in French] has re-amended the country's constitution so that presidential elections can be held within 60 days, overturning a change made to allow Faure Gnassingbe [BBC profile] to fulfill his father's term as president. However, Gnassingbe will remain in power until the vote is conducted and is expected to run for president. The US, France, and other African nations have called on Gnassingbe to resign and allow the speaker of the parliament to govern as mandated by the constitution. The African Union [official website] announced Sunday night that it has imposed sanctions [African Union press release, PDF] on the Gnassingbe regime by suspending Togo from all AU activities. Parliamentary leaders undid the earlier change to the constitution because of increasing international demands and street protests calling for elections. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage [JURIST Country archive] of Togo. AP has more.

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