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Friday, 5 October, 2001, 17:16 GMT 18:16 UK
Togo election postponed

The electoral commission in Togo has postponed the country's parliamentary election, which had been due to take place on 14 October.

It is the second delay in attempts to establish democracy in Togo.

The vote was intended to replace a 1999 election, which was boycotted by the opposition over accusations of government cheating.

The current opposition leader Yawovi Agboyibo is in prison for libelling the prime minister and has been charged with links to a political killing.

Correspondents say there is growing unease in Togo over pressure to change the constitution in order to enable President Gnassingbe Eyadema to stand for a third term in 2003.

The President is already Africa's longest serving ruler.

A United Nations report last week recommended postponing the election because of a lack of preparation.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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