Togo concern for critically ill arrested politician, 74

Togo concern for critically ill arrested politician, 74
Togo concern for critically ill arrested politician, 74

We show you our most important and recent visitors news details Togo concern for critically ill arrested politician, 74 in the following article

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - LOMÉ — A 74-year-old politician with "critical" health issues is in jail as Togolese authorities crackdown on dissent, an spokesperson for the nation's opposition coalition says.

Tensions heightened after Togo's parliament passed a bill proposing huge changes to the political system.

Elections scheduled for April 20 were later postponed.

Five opposition activists were arrested for campaigning against the reforms, a DMK coalition spokesperson said.

Under the bill passed on March 25, the president of the West African nation would become a symbolic position selected by parliament, rather than being directly elected.

Executive power would instead go to a prime minister.

Opposition parties have rejected the reform, arguing that it could allow President Faure Gnassingbé to stay in power.

He succeeded his father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who died in 2005 after ruling the country with an iron fist for 38 years.

Members of the DMK (Dynamique Monseigneur Kpodzro) were arrested last week after publicly campaigning against the reform, spokesperson Ben Djagba told the BBC.

He said there were concerns about the health of Dovi Amouzou, a 74-year-old politician, who is among the five detainees.

"Her heart conditions are worrisome as she has ongoing heart-related issues and is under constant care by her physician. Since her detention, she no longer has access to her doctor," Djagba said.

The five politicians have been held on "public order charges", their lawyer, Elom Kpade, was quoted as saying by press agency AFP.

French broadcaster RFI reported that the five have been taken to the civil prison in the capital, Lomé.

Public prosecutor Talaka Mawama said an investigation had been opened into "individuals caught distributing leaflets and chanting slogans inciting popular revolt" during an unauthorized protest.

Djagba told the BBC that these were "bogus allegations". No new date has been given for the elections.

The Conference of Togolese Catholic bishops has urged President Gnassingbé not to sign the constitutional changes into law, citing the need for "broad consultation and a more inclusive national debate".

Opposition parties boycotted Togo's previous elections and are poorly represented in Togo's parliament.

As a result, the constitution change was approved almost unanimously — with only one legislator voting against and one other abstaining.

The presidency said on Wednesday that the delay was to allow for "consultations" over the contested constitutional changes. — BBC

These were the details of the news Togo concern for critically ill arrested politician, 74 for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Saudi Gazette and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Trump, without evidence, claims migrants in US illegally ‘building army’ to attack Americans
NEXT UN top court orders Israel to halt Rafah offensive

Author Information

I am Jeff King and I’m passionate about business and finance news with over 4 years in the industry starting as a writer working my way up into senior positions. I am the driving force behind Al-KhaleejToday.NET with a vision to broaden the company’s readership throughout 2016. I am an editor and reporter of “Financial” category. Address: 383 576 Gladwell Street Longview, TX 75604, USA Phone: (+1) 903-247-0907 Email: [email protected]