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Togolese President visits restive city to Dialogue with Citizens

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé said he was deeply saddened after seeing the damage caused by violence in the city of Sokodé (about 320 km from Lomé).

Faure Gnassingbé was on his way back from Kara where he had been visiting construction works on the Egyptian-Togolese Agricultural Farm in Abatchang, then he decided to stop at Sokodé.

“I went to the city of Sokodé to talk with his forces and see for myself the sudden damage to infrastructure,” said Faure Gnassingbe.
“The damage caused by the violence of this once peaceful city saddens me deeply and cannot leave any citizen indifferent,” Faure Gnassingbé added.

And to clarify: “It is time to oppose the violence. I urge all citizens to contribute to the return of tranquility in Sokodé and in our country as a whole “.

The city of Sokode has been the scene of violent clashes with law enforcement and security forces. Several victims are registered including two soldiers who were be beheaded. A situation that took the head of state to camp Témédja where he promised that an investigation is ongoing and that the perpetrators will be punished.

In Togo the opposition coalition, which organizes marches every month, has called for three new days of demonstrations on November 29 and 30 and December2.

The government has promised to hold a referendum to adopt a reform including a limitation of presidential terms, but the measure is not retroactive, allowing Mr. Gnassingbe to run for the polls of 2020 and 2025.

Negotiations are underway through with the help of mediators such as Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and Guinea’s Alpha Conde to organize a political dialogue between power and opposition that could take place “within a few weeks” according to Faure Gnassingbe.

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