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Togo President, Opposition to Meet Over Election Dispute


Faure Gnassingbe (Feb. 2005 file photo)
Togo's newly elected president will meet Thursday with opposition leaders in an effort to resolve the nation's lingering political crisis. The meeting will be hosted by West African leaders in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has called on the opposition to join a power sharing government. However, the opposition has refused, saying Mr. Gnassingbe's election win on April 24 was massively flawed.

The results of the vote triggered violent clashes between security forces and the opposition that killed dozens of people. Mr. Gnassingbe was sworn in as Togo's president earlier this month, replacing his father who died in February after ruling the West African nation for 38 years.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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