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Togo delays parliamentary election

July 10, 2013

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo’s government announced that the legislative election due to be held July 21 will now take place July 25, a delay meant to address the concerns of the country’s increasingly vocal and united opposition.

In a statement read Tuesday on state TV, the government said the much-delayed poll is being rescheduled to hold a free, fair, transparent and violence-free election.

Candidates are vying for 91 seats in the next parliament. More than 3 million voters are registered.

The small African nation of Togo has been ruled by the same family for 46 years, first by Eyadema Gnassingbe, then by his son Faure Gnassingbe, who won a deeply flawed election in 2005 as well as the 2010 vote.

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