togo flag.jpgA veteran opposition leader in Togo has said he will enter into a power-sharing deal with the government.

Gilchrist Olympio told the reporters that his party will get 8 ministerial posts in the coalition.


President Faure Gnassingbe won re-election in March, although the opposition alleged irregularities in the vote-counting system.


Mr Olympio said he wanted to save Togo from the “political uncertainty and tension”.


President Gnassingbe took power in 2005 after the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had ruled since 1967.

Mr Olympio, whose father was assassinated in 1963, two years after being elected Togo’s first  president ,said his Union of Forces for Change (UFC) party would join with President Gnassingbe ruling Togolese People’s Rally (RPT) party.