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No Quick Breakthrough After Togo Talks

Togo’s new president flew to Nigeria on Thursday for hastily-arranged talks but failed to achieve a quick breakthrough in a crisis that has triggered riots and raised fears for the former French colony’s future. Faure Gnassingbe was named president on Feb. 5 to succeed his deceased father, in violation of the constitution. Both the constitution and the electoral code were changed the next day to allow Gnassingbe, 39, to rule unchallenged until 2008. Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo, the current chairman of the 53-member African Union, has been leading calls for the tiny West African nation to reverse those changes and hold presidential polls, as stipulated in its original constitution. Full Story

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