Government of Togo and the opposition agree on the elections
The government and the opposition political parties in Togo have reached agreement to ensure transparent and peaceful elections. According to the provisions of the agreement hundreds of political prisoners would be released, the opposition will nominate a representative to the National Electoral Commission and political parties will receive state financial support for their campaigns. The elections will be held on July 25th. The talks were mediated by the Catholic Bishop of Atakpamé, the Rt. Rev. Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan, who is also the President of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. The commission was created by the government in 2009 to address the problem of political violence that has plagued the country for years.