Togo: Opposition leaders meet president Gnassingbé

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Jean-Pierre Fabre

Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Leaders of an umbrella Togolese opposition group, Sauvons le Togo, (Let’s save Togo) and president Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé discussed on Wednesday issues about the country’s institutional and constitutional reforms.

The opposition group, led by its leader, Jean-Pierre Fabre, handed president Gnassingbe a memorandum with propositions on institutional and constitutional reforms, as well as an agenda on those issues for the next local elections.

Mr Fabre, who is also the chairman of the National Alliance for Change (ANC), told reporters at the end of their 35-minute discussion at the presidency that the delegation reminded the president of the need to open talks with the political class to ensure that the next elections were free and fair.

Mr. Fabre said that president Gnassingbe said the talks would continue with the Prime minister from Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Two weeks ago, Fabre sent a letter to president Gnassingbé in which he advocated the opening of talks on the country’s constitutional and institutional reforms set in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed in 2006.

President Gnassingbé, in an answer, said that Parliament was the appropriate place for those types of talks.

However, Fabre reacted by telling president Gnassingbe that Parliament, which is dominated by MPs from the ruling party (62 out of 91 seats), could not be the best place for such discussions as nothing was decided by consensus.