Togo to hold presidential vote amid unrest, could see leader's family in power half a century

Togo will vote Saturday in a vote that could see its president win power for a third five-year term, putting his family in power for nearly half a century.

President Faure Gnassingbe took power in 2005 after his father, who ruled Togo for 38 years, died of a heart attack. Last year lawmakers considered a bill that would reintroduce term limits, but it did not pass.

Opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre is a strong challenger to Gnassingbe. An economist who has led demonstrations demanding political reforms and changes to the military.

Government soldiers have opened fire on demonstrators this year and last.

About 500 international observers will oversee the voting of about 3.5 million people at more than 4,000 polling stations.