Togolese PM presents gov't action plan amid boycott

21:45, June 04, 2010      

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Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo,accompanied by his governmental team, presented on Friday his action plan to the parliament which was boycotted by many of the deputies of the Union of Forces for Change (UFC), the country's major opposition party.

Out of 81 parliamentarians, only 61 turned up for the session. They included 50 from the Rally of Togolese People (RPT), four from the Action Committee for Renewal (CAR) and seven from UFC.

UFC which has 27 deputies, is headed by Jean-Pierre Fabre who is the party's secretary general and he was its candidate during the March 4 elections.

He decided to stay away as a sign of non-recognition of the legitimacy of the coalition government that was recently formed in Togo.

During the March 4 presidential elections, the country's president Faure Gnassingbe is said to have won with 60.93 percent of all the votes against Fabre's 33.93 percent.

Fabre contested these results and started organizing protest marches every Saturday since the month of March.

It will be recalled that immediately after the presidential elections, UFC started having internal problems especially between Fabre and the party leader Gilchrist Olympio, who ended up entering into a coalition government with RPT, something that gave him seven ministerial positions.

It was noted that deputies who are in support of Olympio decided to attend the presentation ceremony of the government's action plan.

Source: Xinhua


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