GAP Leader Urges Reinstatement of Democracy in Togo Amid Constitutional Alterations

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Musa Ousainou Yali Batchilly, leader of the opposition Gambia Action Party (GAP)

Musa Ousainou Yali Batchilly, leader of the opposition Gambia Action Party (GAP), has advocated for restoring democracy in Togo amid constitutional changes in late April, igniting controversy and concerns over the potential erosion of democratic principles.

Batchilly sharply criticized President Faure Gnassingbe for altering the constitution, arguing that it erodes democratic principles and entrenches the ruling family’s power.

“President Gnassingbe has effectively dismantled democratic processes and silenced the voices of the Togolese people,” he said. 

Batchilly highlighted the suppression of civic and media freedoms, violent crackdowns on protests, and the arbitrary arrest of opposition members as clear violations of human rights and democratic principles. 

He urged the international community, including the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to take decisive action to prevent the crisis from escalating.

“The lives and rights of civilians are at stake, and we cannot afford to stand idly by while tyranny reigns unchecked,” he noted.

Batchilly emphasized the importance of holding President Gnassingbe accountable for his actions, protecting civilians, and restoring democratic governance in Togo. 

He warned that failure to address the situation promptly could lead to bloodshed and further repression of the Togolese people. 

Batchilly called for a strong message from the international community, rejecting dictatorial behavior and standing up for the lives and rights of civilians.

The recent adoption of a new constitution in Togo, transitioning from a presidential system to a parliamentary one, has sparked controversy. 

While it brings potential benefits, there are concerns given Togo’s history of political and social tensions and the growing terrorist threat in the north. 

This constitutional change adds uncertainty to a nation striving for peace and a strengthened democracy.

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