Opposition protest in Lome

Opposition protest in Lome

Several thousand opposition supporters protested in Lome on Saturday to call for the country's presidential elections next February to be held over two rounds.

Demonstrators from the Union for the Forces of Change (UFC) marched through the streets brandishing placards and banners with slogans such as "no two-round vote, no elections" and "two rounds or nothing.""The party in power has never accepted that the rules are clear. This allows it to implement its strategy of fraud, whose cornerstone is falsifying ballot papers," UFC secretary general Jean Pierre Fabre told the crowd.

"We will go on until the end," he warned.

Supporters from the second-largest opposition party, the Action committee for Renewal (CAR), also attended the rally.

Lawmakers voted in 2002 to change the Togolese constitution and introduce single-round presidential elections.

The UFC and the CAR threatened on November 17 to boycott the elections if there was no return to the old two-round system.

The presidential élection will take place on February 28, 2010



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