March 3, 2005


ECOWAS Pushes for Togo Elections by End of April (Gabi Menezes, 03 March 2005, VOA News)

The West African grouping ECOWAS says it will help organize elections in Togo, so people can choose a president to take the place of long ruling Gnassingbe Eyadema, who died in February. But opposition politicians do not believe conditions for fair elections exist.

The 15-member ECOWAS said in a statement it hoped elections would take place by April 24, putting an end to Togo's political crisis. The statement said the 60 days in which the constitution says an election must take place, began February 26 when Abass Bonfoh took over as interim president.

Togo's political opposition, which threatened to boycott elections, reluctantly agreed to participate after meetings with ECOWAS. But it says its conditions for free and transparent elections have not yet been fulfilled.

Though the Middle East understandably gets more attention, we shouldn't ignore the string of successes--including Morocco, Libya, Liberia, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Togo--in Africa either.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2005 12:01 PM
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