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AU Set to Hold Meeting on Togo


The African Union is set to hold a meeting Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to consider sanctions against Togo.

International criticism against Togolese authorities has increased since the military installed Faure Gnassingbe as president to succeed his father, who died earlier this month.

Last week, the West African Economic Community imposed sanctions on Togo demanding the country restore constitutional rule.

Togo's constitution had called for the speaker of parliament to succeed the late president and call a new election in two months.

On Monday, the Togolese parliament restored the original provision calling for elections within 60 days when a president dies - but decided to keep Mr. Gnassingbe as interim president.

However, the African Union, the European Union and the United States have called on Mr. Gnassingbe to step down immediately.

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