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ECOWAS Sanctions Togo in Response to Country's Political Situation


The West African regional group ECOWAS has imposed sanctions on Togo in response to the country's political situation.

The sanctions announced Saturday suspended Togo from the bloc, placed a travel ban on the country's leaders, and imposed an arms embargo.

The move follows the naming by the country's military of Faure Gnassingbe as president hours after his father, longtime President Gnassingbe Eyadema, died on February 5. The constitution was later amended to allow this.

Earlier Saturday, thousands of protesters packed the streets of Lome, the capital, to demand Mr. Gnassingbe's immediate resignation.

Mr. Gnassingbe promised Friday that elections will be held within 60 days, and today announced he will run in the poll.

African Union chairman Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo today called the situation unacceptable.

Separately, the African Union said Mr. Gnassingbe's decision to remain in power violates Togo's constitution.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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