Lome — The government of Togo insists parliamentary elections will take place later in December, despite an opposition boycott and deadly violence. “The electoral process is irreversible and the ballot will be held on December 20 2018,” said the minister of civil service Gilbert Bawara. A coalition of 14 opposition parties has said it will not take part, citing irregularities in preparations and calling for an overhaul of the electoral commission. It called for 10 days of protest in the run-up to the vote but the government banned the action on security grounds. Bawara expressed regret at violence between opposition supporters and security forces on Saturday and on Monday that officially left four dead. The opposition said six died. But he denounced “certain political leaders” that openly “incite [the population] to attacks and attacks on police”. “No government can accept that a political party or group of parties seeks to block the country and create disorder and chaos,” he said. ...

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