The president of Togo has announced he will hold elections within 60 days to end a political crisis that began when the military installed him as the country's leader.

Faure Gnassingbe said in a speech carried by state media Friday he will remain interim president until elections take place. He said he made the decision in the interests of the nation.

Mr. Gnassingbe took power earlier this month after the death of his father, longtime President Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had ruled for 38 years.

Togo has come under pressure from the African Union to hold elections in line with the country's former constitution.

Togolese lawmakers amended the constitution last week to allow Mr. Gnassingbe to serve out his father's term until 2008

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