Togo Ruling Party Rejects Opposition’s Bill to Reform Charter

Togo’s ruling party rejected an opposition bill that seeks to limit presidential terms and reform the West African country’s election system, a lawmaker said.

The Union for the Republic considers the bill introduced by the National Alliance for Change “inappropriate” as it duplicates proposed legislation that was previously rejected, lawmaker Gerson Dobou said Tuesday in an interview with Radio Victoire, based in the capital, Lome.

The NAC’s suggested reforms for the cotton and coffee-exporting nation’s constitution include a two-term limit for the head of state and the holding of presidential polls over two rounds. Lawmakers in June rejected the government’s constitutional reform bill that was introduced after opposition groups held demonstrations in Lome the month before.

In 2006, the ruling party and the opposition signed an agreement known as the Accord Politique Global to implement constitutional reforms, including one that limits presidential terms to two. Local elections were last held in 1985.

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