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Togo Police Break up Protest Over Election

Police in the Togolese capital, Lome, have used tear gas to disperse protesters demanding a delay in this month's presidential elections.

Opposition supporters, demanding postponement of elections to choose Togo's first new president in 38 years, staged protest in Lome, Wednesday
Reports from the scene say at least 2,000 opposition protesters marching towards Lome's City hall were met by riot police early, Friday. A similar demonstration was broken up by police Wednesday.

Demonstrators want the Togolese election postponed until July 10. The opposition says the election commission has revised voter registration lists to exclude many voters in opposition strongholds.

The government denies this.

The elections are scheduled for April 24. The new poll was set after the death of President Gnassingbe Eyadema touched off a crisis over who will succeed him.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.