Togo: Constitutional reform/Faure Gnassingbé favours dialogue and an inclusive approach

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé has voiced opposition to a one-sided alteration of the constitution and instead advocates for an inclusive approach through broad consultations. This strategy aims to consider the perspectives of all stakeholders in the nation and reach a consensus on any proposed reforms.

A statement from the Togolese presidency on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, highlighted the President’s commitment to open dialogue and constructive engagement.

He urged lawmakers to remain receptive to the views of all concerned parties, emphasizing the importance of considering diverse perspectives to reach informed decisions.

This decision follows a meeting between the Head of State and the National Assembly’s office, initiated at President Gnassingbé’s request to review a contentious constitutional revision law passed on March 25, 2024, which has sparked significant controversy.

Additionally, in response to the National Assembly’s request for more time to conduct extensive consultations on the constitutional reform proposal, adjustments have been made to the legislative and regional elections initially set for April 20th.

This adjustment allows for a more inclusive process, delaying the election campaigns that were scheduled to start on Thursday, April 4th.

However, specifics regarding the revised election date were not provided in the government’s statement.

The recent constitutional reform aims to transition Togo from a presidential to a parliamentary system, a significant change that has drawn both support and opposition within the country.

Chantal TAWELESSI

 

 

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