Ivorian politician disagrees with Togo's succession move

Paris- France (PANA) -- An Ivorian politician, Francis Wodie, on Friday described the nomination of Faure Gnassingbé to succeed his father Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who died last Saturday, as a violation of the Togolese people's dignity.
"What happened in Togo is deplorable.
This is a situation nobody can understand or justify" the chairman of the Ivorian Labour Party (PIT) told a news conference in Paris.
"This is an example not worth emulating.
We count on the organised Togolese people and the international community to put the country back on the right path of reason.
The entire African continent will be lost if we fail to do so," Wodie added.
Nearly a week after President Eyadema's death, an ECOWAS delegation supposed to visit the Togolese capital Friday in a bid to end the crisis, was forced to cancel its trip.
The delegation refused to go to Kara, the late President Eyadema's hometown in northern Togo to meet the country's new authorities.
The West African delegation was mandated by the ECOWAS summit in Niamey to convince the new Togolese leadership to return to constitutional legality.
Last Sunday, Togolese legislators speedily amended several clauses of the constitution, including shelving the need to organise a presidential election 60 days after the vacancy of power.

11 february 2005 21:54:00




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