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Togo constitutional changes spark calls for popular protests

Togo constitutional changes spark calls for popular protests

SOME of Togo's opposition parties and civil society groups renewed their calls for widespread popular protests a day after lawmakers approved constitutional changes likely to extend the 19-year rule of President Faure Gnassingbe. In a statement, the Dynamique pour la Majorité du Peuple (DMP) opposition coalition and other signatories said the changes, relating to presidential term limits and how presidents are elected, were a political manoeuvre to allow Gnassingbe to extend his tenure for life. "What happened at the National Assembly yesterday is a coup d'etat," they said, noting that the text had not been made public and reiterating calls…
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Senegal opposition coalition promises new currency and revamp of oil contracts

Senegal opposition coalition promises new currency and revamp of oil contracts

A Senegalese opposition coalition backed by popular firebrand Ousmane Sonko launched its presidential campaign platform on Saturday with promises to create a new national currency and renegotiate mining and energy contracts. There are no public election opinion polls in Senegal, but the coalition's candidate, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, is seen as a strong contender among the 19 candidates vying for the presidency in the March 24 vote. If he is elected, the coalition's plans could have significant implications for the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union and for Senegal's plans to become an oil producer later this year. "Convinced that full independence…
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