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Togo Opposition Protests Appointment of Late President's Son

Residents in Togo have responded sporadically to an opposition strike to protest the military's appointment of the late President Gnassingbe Eyadema's son as the country's new leader. Most markets, shops, and banks opened Tuesday in the capital, Lome -- with some people staying home and others carrying on business as normal.

Meanwhile, international condemnation of events in Togo has grown with the African Union threatening sanctions -- and the United States, Britain, France calling for new elections. The West African regional group known as ECOWAS will hold an emergency summit Wednesday todiscuss the situation.

Togo's military installed Faure Gnassingbe as president just hours after his father's death Saturday. The ruling party then changed Togo's constitution, canceling a provision for quick elections, allowing Mr. Gnassingbe to stay in power until 2008.

Freelance journalist Saraphin Adjogah spoke to VOA reporter William Eagle about the atmosphere in the capital, Lome, on the first day of a two-day strike.