Togo opposition says elections to be delayed

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo’s political opposition says parliamentary elections set for July 21 will no longer take place as planned.

There was no immediate confirmation from the government on the possible delay, though one official said the polls could be pushed back a day or two following opposition threats of a boycott.

The opposition coalition known as “Let’s Save Togo” has protested the conditions of the upcoming election, which they say will favor the ruling party.

Their demands include the redrawing of the constituencies and the recomposition of the elections commission. The opposition is also seeking the release of their supporters who were arrested in January.

Togo, a tiny former French colony in West Africa, has been ruled by the same family for nearly half a century.

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