- Mar 4, 2021
Togo’s Constitutional Court announced final results Tuesday, confirming the country’s president easily won a fourth term, extending the grip his family has had on power since 1967 as the opposition alleged fraud.
An archbishop has been placed under house arrest in Togo after calling for nationwide protests of the country’s Feb. 22 presidential election.
Togo’s bishops have been blasted by the country’s human rights minister for allegedly meddling in politics.
During his installation in the capital Lomé, Togo’s newest archbishop called on presidential candidates to be “servants of the people.”
As the people of Togo prepare to vote in a Feb. 22 presidential election February 22, 2019, retired Archbishop Kossi Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro of Lomé has accused the country’s ruling party of always winning through fraud.
Catholic bishops in Togo are calling on “indispensable reforms” to the electoral system before polls scheduled to take place next year.
Togo’s bishops say they “cannot stay indifferent” to the crisis engulfing the West African country.
One Catholic priest fears that recent elections in Togo boycotted by the opposition could have planted the seeds for future violence in the West African country.