Amid ongoing claims of election fraud, Togo’s opposition says it is ready to talk to international mediators. It has denounced the declared victory of the late ruler’s son in last Sunday’s presidential poll, accusing Faure Gnassingbe’s camp of vote-rigging on a massive scale. “We have launched this vibrant appeal to the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations,” said an opposition spokesman.
He declared that no-one could be indifferent to the level of repression in the country.
The opposition says around 100 people have been killed in post-election violence. No independent confirmation of the toll is available.
But, as West African mediators arrive on a fact-finding mission today, the tension is only too evident with a German cultural centre coming in for attack. Masked men burned down the Goethe Institute in the capital, Lome, after Togo’s interior minister accused Germany of supporting the opposition.
Berlin has since urged its nationals to leave the country.