Togolese lawmakers have adopted a new constitution, moving the country from a presidential to a parliamentary system and giving parliament the power to elect the president of the small West African country.

The vote comes less than a month before the next legislative elections in Togo, but it is not yet known when the change which was approved with 89 votes in favour, one against and one abstention will come into force.

The change to the constitution, proposed by a group of lawmakers mostly from the Union for the Republic (UNIR) ruling party, was adopted almost unanimously.

NBS News gathered that country’s opposition, which boycotted the last legislative elections in 2018 and denounced “irregularities” in the electoral census, is poorly represented in the national assembly.

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