Togo sets presidential elections for April 15, amid unrest over term limits and vote delays

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LOME, Togo — Togo's government says presidential elections will take place April 15 after delays and amid opposition to the president's possible nomination for another term.

The ruling party announced the April date on Tuesday and ruling party spokesman, Gilbert Bawara, said it is likely President Faure Gnassingbe will be nominated for a third term.

Opposition spokesman Eric Dupuy said if Gnassingbe runs for another term it would amount to a denial of democracy in the tiny West African country. Dupuy also criticized the government's unilateral decision on an election date, saying the vote should be held before March 5.

Thousands demonstrated in November in the capital, Lome, calling for term limits that would bar Gnassingbe from running for another term. About 7 opposition candidates are vying for the presidential post.

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