Move to Ghana, Togolese residents told

A protest in the country last Saturday left seven people dead and about 27 arrested.

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The protest was to challenge the presidency of Faure Gnassingbe.

"If you are not strong and fit, move out of Togo to Ghana...there is no time to waste. Pregnant women and children should all come out of their homes".

"Not everyone can fight this battle," a woman in Togo told Accra-based Joy FM.

The Gnassingbe family has been ruling Togo since 1967 after a coup by Eyadéma.

Faure who is also the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has won three presidential elections.

But many argue that he won those elections under controversial circumstances.

Residents of Togo are now demanding that the Constitution be amended to prevent his family’s continued stay in power.

They are likely to stage another protest on Friday to press home their demands.

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