Togo. In May, Parliament passed a contentious law
stipulating that the President cannot sit for more than two
five-year terms. But the amendment does not include the
three periods President Faure Gnassingbé has been in, which
means that he can theoretically remain until 2030. He is
expected to run again in 2020. Other amendments included
giving presidents immunity. The changes have been preceded
by protests for several years. In April, a demonstrator was
killed in northern Togo, others arrested.
CountryAAH, the proposal went through easily as Gnassingbe's Party of
Assembly for the Republic (UNIR) has a satisfactory majority
in the National Assembly, as the main opposition parties
boycotted the 2018 elections.
In June, the first local elections were held in 32 years.
UNIR won about 60% of all places.
Parliament decided in August to limit the right of
demonstration. Demonstrations are not allowed, for example,
near public buildings and may only take place during the day
between 11am and 6pm.