Thousands of protesters call for president’s resignation

National Assembly President Dama Darmani announced the referendum at a parliamentary session that was boycotted by the opposition.

Guarded by police, gendarmerie and soldiers, demonstrators in the capital city demanded constitutional reforms, including a two-term presidential limit, as they held up posters saying “Faure must go now.”

Government supporters marched through the streets of Lome earlier on Wednesday.

The demonstrations come a day after the West African nation announced it will later this week hold a referendum on presidential term limits.

National Assembly President Dama Darmani announced the referendum at a parliamentary session that was boycotted by the opposition.

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