Togo has delayed parliamentary and regional elections amid tensions following controversial constitutional reform.


The reform approved by lawmakers last week replaced the presidential system with a parliamentary one, handing executive power to the prime minister, reducing the presidency to a symbolic role.


Opposition parties have rejected the reform, fearing it could let president Faure Gnassingbé who succeeded his father, who ruled for 38 years stay in power.


The presidency announced the postponement of the elections, but did not give a new date for the polls, which were initially due to be held on 20 April.


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