Togo’s opposition leader hospitalized after hunger strike

Togolese opposition leader Nicodeme Ayao Habia was taken to a clinic in Lomé, the Togo capital, following a 14-day hunger strike.

Habia was demanding the release of about 40 protestors who had called for the resignation of Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe.

The ambulance that had taken Habia tried to cross into Ghana to seek better medical attention in Accra, but immigration officers said the vehicle did not have the necessary clearance.

The government of Ghana has been one of the mediators in the recent political crisis over constitutional reform between the government of Togo and its opposition.

Habia has been staging his hunger strike in front of the Ghanaian embassy in Lomé.

Togo is scheduled to hold elections and a referendum in December. Mediators from the Economic Community of West African States had proposed the schedule following months of dialogue between the government and opposition leaders.

Sources: News24 (South Africa), Africa News, RFI (France)

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