OIF suspends Togo's membership

Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) on Wednesday suspended Togo from all its bodies based on "the gravity of the events that occurred in Lome following President Gnassingbe Eyadema's death".
The permanent Council of the Francophonie made the announcement here at the end of an extraordinary meeting, saying "the suspension covers multilateral co-operation with Togo, except the programmes directly benefiting civilians and those, which could help in the restoration of democracy".
It "strongly condemned the military coup and the flagrant and repeated violations of all existing constitutional clauses, in total contradiction with the principles of law and order".
After giving a mandate to its secretary-general, Abdou Diouf, "to take appropriate measures for the enforcement" of the suspension order, the OIF permanent council indicated that it would re- examine the situation in Lome on 8 April 2005.
Last weekend, Togo entered an era of political turmoil following the death of President Gnassingbe Eyadema and the installation of his son, Faure Eyadema as president.
The new president was sworn in on Monday, shortly after a few constitutional amendments were made to install him first as National Assembly Speaker and then as interim President of Togo.
The revision of the constitution that gave Faure the power until 2008 has been condemned by the entire international community, which demands "strict compliance with the Constitution".
The Constitution stipulates that in case of the death of the president, the Speaker of the Parliament replaces him for a 60- day period ending with the holding of a presidential election.

09 february 2005 20:18:00

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