Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe has bowed to pressure from West African neighbours, declaring that presidential elections will be held in 60 days.
Faure now says he is only a temporary leader
Mr Faure was installed with army help earlier this month after the death of the president, his father.
He had previously said he would serve out his father's term until 2008.
But regional leaders had threatened sanctions if Mr Faure failed to restore the country's original constitution, which stipulates prompt elections.
The announcement, made in an address on state TV, followed the lifting of a ban earlier in the day on public rallies imposed after Gnassingbe Eyadema's death almost two weeks ago.
The BBC's Ebow Godwin in Lome says there was an air of suspense in the capital as people awaited an announcement from his son.
"I have decided in the higher interests of the nation to continue the process of transition in line with the constitution of 1992 ... and organise the presidential election within the stipulated time of 60 days," he said.
The new leader had changed the existing constitution after Eyadema's death, to allow him to serve out his father's full term of office.
But the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) threatened Togo with sanctions unless new elections were held.
Mr Faure added that he hoped Ecowas would have a role to play in the election process.