EXCLUSIVE: BRUSSELS DIPLOMATIC MET MINISTER GILBERT BAWARA OF TOGO
Togo Minister of territorial administration Gilbert BAWARA was in Brussels some days ago. We met him and discussed the political situation in Togo.
Togo is a country twice so big as belgian with fewer inhabitants situated near Ivory Coast, on the ocean. Its climate is an maritime one.
Who is Gilbert BAWARA ?
Minister Gilbert BAWARA (45) has already a long experience in serving his State: TOGO. After he graduated in law and international law in paris and Geneva, he held different positions as academic, the went to work for UN in Switzerland and also for the UN in cases of sate conflits resolution (Congo, Burundi).
He has already made a brilliant carreer as junior minister: plan, cooperation and deputy minister for foreign faffairs. He now holds the portfolio of territorial administration.
A peaceful political situation in Togo was the core of the discussion BRUSSELS DIPLOMATIC held with the minister.
Majority and oppositiion are already for a long time rowing to obtain democratic institutions with the best standards of fairness, freedom and transparency. Peace, dialog and concertation with the opposition are now advocated by Minister Bawara although the relations with the opposition regarding electoral rules have sometimes been tense.
Minister BAWARA criticised the position of the most radical opposition which wants to boycott next general elections. According to Minister BAWARA, the electoral consultation has to happen with fairness. Measures have already been taken for transparency of the vote: institution of a national electoral commission and local electoral commissions, biometric electoral registration cards and list of voters. There is a togolese way to freedom and democracy and situations like in the “arab spring” are to avoid at all costs. A consensus should find the normal evolution of the country.
Unemployment in Togo is also a huge problem to tackle. According to the minister, no revolution will solve the problem but a progressive change in little touches. Congo is already self-supportive, he said and yet open to the future. Togo has now to create richness which will stay in the country
Miguel D. DESNERCK
VISIT OF THE DEPUTY-PRESIDENT OF THE TOGO NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
BRUSSELS – Dr Komi Selon Klassou, the first deputy-president of the national assembly of Togo came to Brussels at the Press Club to explain the constitutional changes in his country.
Dr Komi Selon Klassou, who graduated from the University of Bordeaux was received in brussels bij His excellency Félix Kodjo SAGBO, Ambassador of Togo to the Benelux countries, the Holy See and the European Union.
Dr Klassou explained Togo was using consensus and negociations in the political processus to reform the policital institutions of the country, according to the Togolese consitution. The elections for the house of representatives which had to take place in october 2012 have been postponed due to the absence of consensus between the majority and a diversified opposition regarding to the modalities of organisation of this election. To avoid violences, the elections have been postopned to continue political discussions and implement the existing constitution.
Dr Klassou explained measures already taken to ensure a free democratic election with fairness and security of the votes.
This conference gave the numerous attendees a clear view of the nowadays political situation in Togo.