A grouping of Togolese opposition parties called to march in Lome on 30 and 31 August to demand political reforms, according to a statement released Wednesday evening.
The fight for political alternation (Cap 2015, regrouping of five parties), the Pan-African National Party (PNP) and another group of six parties also demanded the release of those arrested on 19 August during the PNP demonstrations, repressed in several Cities of the country.
“In response to the expectations of the Togolese people, Cap 2015, the Group of 6 and the PNP agreed on Wednesday and agreed to join forces to bring about the liberation struggle of Togo,” the statement said.
“Already, Cap 2015, the Group of 6 and the PNP have made arrangements to contact other opposition political parties, civil society organizations, the Diaspora and all patriots , So that they will reinforce this great movement of national liberation, “adds the text.
These political parties are also calling for an “independent investigation to locate the responsibilities and bring to justice the perpetrators and the sponsors of the violence” recorded during Saturday’s demonstrations.
These demonstrations killed two people (including one per bullet) in Sokodé, 300 km north of Lomé. A total of 66 people were placed under arrest warrants, said Wednesday at a press conference, Justice Minister Pius Agbetomey.
“With regard to the two deaths of demonstrators, a judicial inquiry is also put in place to determine the exact causes and responsibilities,” he said.
In addition Cap 2015 and the PNP called for a day of “prayer and prayer” Friday in “tribute” to the victims.
“We ask all the national forces of the nation to cease all professional and economic activity all day Friday, August 25 from 6 am to 6 pm It is a way for us to continue the fight and show that we are not happy “Said AFP Brigitte Adjamagbo-Johnson, Coordinator of Cap 2015.
The Togolese opposition has been demanding for ten years that the Constitution – modified in 2002 – be revised, in particular to reintroduce a limitation of presidential terms to 10 years at the most.
It also requires a two-ballot system, a constitutional reform of the Constitutional Court and the Electoral Commission.
President Faure Gnassingbé succeeded his father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma – who led Togo with an iron fist for 38 years – to the presidential election of 2005 with the support of the army, before being re-elected in 2010 and In 2015 during highly contested elections by the opposition.