March 27, 2015 / 9:52 PM / 4 years ago

Togo says to delay presidential election until April 25

LOME (Reuters) - Togo will delay presidential elections by 10 days to April 25, the government said on Friday, after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said the voter list needed to be revised.

Opposition parties say the list includes thousands of people who have registered twice and are likely to vote for President Faure Gnassingbe.

In a statement read on national television by Communications Minister Kouméalo Anaté, the government said the move showed its “open-mindedness and its spirit of conciliation and desire for a peaceful election”.

There was no immediate comment from opposition or union leaders.

Gnassingbe is expected to win the vote and secure a third term in power. He was installed as president by the army in 2005 when his father died after leading the nation for 38 years.

Gnassingbe stepped down under international pressure but went on to win a hotly-contested election months later and was re-elected for a second term in 2010.

Reporting by John Zodzi; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Ruth Pitchford

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