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24 coup-plotters convicted by court in Benin

Cotonou (Reuter) - A court in Benin found 24 soldiers and policemen guilty of trying to overthrow President Nicephore Soglo in 1992.

Togo opposition claims majority

Togo's opposition claimed a slim majority in the country's first multi-party parliament after partial results were announced last night, Reuter reports from Lome. Results announced by the national electoral commission gave the opposition 39 seats in the 81-seat parliament and 38 for parties supporting President Gnassingbe Eyadema, with four still to be announced. Yaovi Agboyibo, president of the Action Committee for Renewal, said his information indicated his party would take another three of the four seats remaining, giving the opposition at least 42 seats.

Violence punctuates Togo poll

Gangs ransacked polling stations in three Togolese constituencies, preventing voting in a run-off for the country's first multi-party parliament, Reuter reports from Lome. The vote, for a seat in each of 24 districts where no candidate won a first-round majority, should put in place a parliament to share power with the military president Gnassingbe Eyadema, head of state since 1967. His Togolese People's Assembly and the opposition Togolese Union for Democracy are neck-and-neck in the race to control the 81- seat parliament.

Hundreds die as ethnic clashes sweep Ghana

ACCRA - More than 500 people have been killed in ethnic fighting between the Konkomba and Nanumba peoples that has spread across northern Ghana, military sources said yesterday.

Togo calm

Sporadic shooting continued in Togo's capital yesterday but the city was mostly calm after two attacks which the government blamed on neighbouring Ghana, Reuter reports from Lome. Togo's Foreign Minister, Ouattara Natchaba, said Ghana-based supporters of the exiled opposition leader, Gilchrist Olympio, had fired on Togolese forces at the border and he held the Ghanaian government responsible.

40 killed in Togo 'coup attempt'

A GUN battle in the main army base in Lome, the Togolese capital, has left at least 40 people dead. The government described Wednesday's attack as an attempt to assassinate President Gnassingbe Eyadema and overthrow the government. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said that 30 of the dead were attackers and another 35 attackers had been arrested.

Togo result

Togo's President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, was re-elected with an overwhelming 92 per cent of the vote in elections boycotted by the opposition, Reuter reports from Lome. Opponents with a chance of ending Mr Eyadema's 26-year rule stayed on the sidelines during Wednesday's poll. The supreme court barred Gilchrist Olympio, a strong contender, from standing because he did not submit medical certificates signed by Togolese doctors. Two other viable challengers, Edem Kodjo and Yaovi Agboyibo, boycotted the poll, saying it was not properly organised, voter lists were inflated and security was inadequate. US and German electoral observers pulled out before the poll, saying that without an opposition there was nothing to observe.

Togo poison row

Togo's government and the main opposition, which boycotted this week's presidential elections, accused each other of killing 15 militants in a central village, Reuter reports from Lome.

No contest for Togo's general

THE PIONEER of military coups d'etat in black Africa, Gnassingbe Eyadema, headed for victory in Togo's first presidential elections yesterday after the main opposition candidates were disqualified or boycotted the contest, writes Karl Maier.

Polls in Togo 'rigged': Ghost-voters and boycotts will keep the military in power, writes Karl Maier

TOGO'S long-time military dictator, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, appeared set to sweep back into power in today's presidential elections on his campaign theme 'Playtime is over, go back to class and let's start work.'
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