Political dialogue between the Togolese government and the opposition coalition has resumed on Wednesday, June 27, after a three-month suspension. The dialogue was initiated in an effort to resolve the ongoing political crisis, centered on the opposition's desire to return to the 1992 constitution and its presidential two-term limit. The talks are being mediated by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and Guinean President Alpha Condé.
In the meantime, the Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé has warned the opposition and intermediaries that he will not accept any agreement that challenges the constitutional status quo. As such, further protests by opposition supporters are likely.
A first round of talks was launched in February but quickly collapsed.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets since August 2017 to demand the resignation of President Gnassingbé, who has been in power since 2005. At least 16 people have been killed and around 200 wounded during the protests.
Individuals in Togo are advised to avoid all demonstrations and protests, particularly those political in nature, due to the risk of violence and to monitor the situation.
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