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Saturday, November 21, 1998 Published at 15:14 GMT

World: Africa

Togo opposition turns down talks

One of the main opposition groups in Togo, the Democratic Convention of African Peoples, the CDPA, has dismissed a call for talks from President Gnassingbe Eyadema.

The CDPA leader, Leopold Gnininvi, said his party would not take part in talks which only sought to legitimise the role of President Eyadema's ruling party.

The opposition have accused the President of fraud in elections held in June.

President Eyadema had said Togo could not afford to leave the opposition out of running the country's affairs, and he called on opposition leaders to define the framework of the kind of talks they want to see.

President Eyadema has been head of state in Togo since he seized power in a coup more than thirty years ago.

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