Togo govt workers strike one month ahead of election

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LOME – Government workers in Togo went on strike for the consecutive day on Tuesday over , a union official said, raising pressure on the government a month ahead of an .

in the health and education sectors in the small country of 7 million people were reduced on Tuesday although commerce continued as normal, said.
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“The will continue until Friday and we will see what happens next as the is due begin on Monday,” said Dr Gilbert Tsolégnanou, spokesman for union STT.The STT is seeking a raise of 30,000 CFA Francs ($50) per month for government workers.

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Togo is due hold a on April 15 that is widely expected be won by incumbent Faure Gnassingbe. If he succeeds, will be his third mandate which, while legal, is controversial the both the opposition and Western partners.

John Dramani Mahama, President of neighbouring democracy and Chairman of regional West African block , visited the capital Lome briefly on Tuesday a day after a trip to Nigeria to appeal for peaceful elections there. (REUTERS)