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SECURITY forces in Togo fought pitched battles with machete-wielding youths yesterday in violence which has killed at least 20 people and caused over a thousand to flee since the late ruler’s son won a disputed poll.
YOUTHS threw stones at police and set up blazing barricades yesterday in Lome, the capital of Togo, after Faure Gnassingbe, the son of the country’s late authoritarian leader, was declared the winner of a presidential vote his rivals say was fixed.
TOGO’S two main political rivals acted to avert further bloodshed yesterday, agreeing to form a government of "national unity" following disputed presidential elections on Sunday.
POLLING stations in Togo closed last night after a tense day of voting for a new president to replace Africa’s longest-serving leader, who died in February after 38 years in office.
AT LEAST seven people were killed and scores injured in street battles between rival political supporters in Togo over the weekend.
TOGO officially mourned its former president yesterday with a funeral attended by regional leaders working to calm the country’s presidential succession struggle.
POLICE in Togo fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters who took to the streets of the capital, Lome.
DEMONSTRATORS protested against Togo’s new president yesterday, lighting flaming barricades in the capital’s streets and throwing rocks at riot police, who fired tear gas to keep crowds from moving toward government buildings.
PRESIDENT Faure Gnassingbe, facing mounting international pressure since Togo’s military installed him as leader three weeks ago, has announced he will step down and seek election in April.
TOGO’S new military-installed leader has promised to hold presidential elections within two months, following the death of his dictator father.
TOGO will hold presidential elections within 60 days, agreeing to demands to defuse a crisis that sparked international outrage.
A TEAM of African diplomats arrived in Togo yesterday, seeking to end a crisis over the country’s leadership that has sparked deadly riots and drawn international condemnation.
TOGO’S army-installed President Faure Gnassingbe has brushed aside international condemnation of his rule and praised the actions of his police force during riots that left at least three protesters dead.
TOGO’S opposition parties have called a stay-at-home protest for today and vowed to keep demonstrating against the army’s appointment of a new president following the death of Gnassingbe Eyadema.
AFRICAN leaders yesterday raised the pressure on Togo to resolve what many states have called a military coup, ordering the country’s new rulers to attend talks in Niger today or face the prospect of immediate sanctions.
TOGO’S new leader, Faure Gnassingbe, yesterday said he wanted "free and transparent" legislative elections as soon as possible, in a speech promising reforms but ignoring fierce international criticism of his undemocratic nomination.
PEOPLE in Togo’s capital, Lome, began returning to work yesterday following protests over the army’s naming of Faure Gnassingbe, the late president’s son, as the new leader.
THE man picked by the military to succeed his late father as president of Togo was sworn in yesterday as western diplomats boycotted the ceremony and hundreds of protesting students tried to disrupt it. Togo’s three main opposition parties urged the West African nation’s people to stay at home today and tomorrow in a "dead country" protest against the naming of Faure Gnassingbe as ruler.