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Togo's President Assures Voters Elections Will be Held Sunday

Togo's interim president has assured voters that Sunday's presidential election will be held as scheduled, despite a call by the interior minister for polling to be postponed amid rising tensions in the tiny West African country.

Interim President Abass Bonfoh issued a statement Friday saying he wanted to reassure the country and the international community that the vote will take place. He said security forces have taken necessary measures to make sure the election will be peaceful.

The president's statement came hours after Interior Minister Francois Boko called for the postponement of Sunday's election, warning of violence amid rising tensions.

West African leaders helped set up the election after the death of longtime President Gnassingbe Eyadema in February sparked a succession crisis.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.