Togo into crisis: A discussion on the current state of Togo’s democracy and prospects for its future
Moderated by Hugues Marsac
Program Manager, West & Central Africa, IRI
Farida Nabourema, Director, Togolese Civil League
Kango Lare-Lantone, former Member of Togo’s National Assembly
Wolali Ahlijah, Chief Strategist, Togolese Civil League
A light lunch and refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by 12pm on Monday, January 15.
Nationwide anti-government protests in Togo have drawn tens of thousands of people to the streets in recent months calling for an end to the continued 50-year rule of the Gnassingbe family. Following the death of his father who ruled for nearly four decades after taking power during a coup d'etat, President Faure Gnassingbe has been in office since 2005 and is currently serving his third term. A group of Togolese opposition political parties and civil society groups fear that proposed changes to the Togolese constitution could see Gnassingbe's rule extended further and instead are calling for him to step down and open Togo to competitive democratic elections. Resisting calls for his ouster, Gnassingbe has instead proposed a national dialogue and his government's security forces have intensified their efforts to tamper growing nationwide protests by blocking mobile and internet communications and clashing with protesters resulting in several deaths.
IRI and Vanguard Africa are pleased to host a panel of civil society activists deeply engaged in this ongoing crisis. Join us for a discussion on current developments and future prospects for democracy in this West African nation.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 17
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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