Gnassingbe and Olympio hold talks

Gnassingbe and Olympio hold talks

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe held an historic meeting Wednesday with long-exiled opposition leader Gilchrist Olympio -- both of whose fathers were previous leaders of the west African state.

Gnassingbe received Olympio at the presidential palace in the capital Lome for an hour of talks, sparked by the resignation of Togo's prime minister Yawovi Agboyibo earlier this month."We discussed the nomination ofr a future prime minister, the formation of the next government, as well as other problems," Olympio said as he left the palace.

Olympio, 71, has been living in Paris, and Wednesday's meeting was the first time he has been received at the presidential palace.

Since the resignation of Agboyibo on November 13, Gnassingbe has been engaged in major talks to name a new prime minister.

Parliamentary elections in October were won by Gnassingbe's ruling Rally of the Togolese People (RPT), which took 50 of the 81 seats.

For the first time in 17 years all the opposition parties took part in the election, including the Union of Forces for Change (UFC) headed by Olympio, which took 27 seats.

The UFC has said it is open to forming part of a government of national unity for the first time "but not without certain conditions."



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