The Southern Provincial Council member however denied making the comments.The Colombo Chief Magistrate had later issued an order preventing D V Upul from leaving the country till investigations over his alleged comments are over. The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) recorded a statement from Southern Provincial Council member D V Upul over an alleged threat he had made to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID).Upul had reportedly said that if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power the public must attack the FCID.
Mr. Gnassignbe’s latest move paves the way for the National Assembly to designate an Interim Head of State who will oversee the organization of the forthcoming elections in accordance with the Constitution. It also prompted the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift the sanctions it had imposed on Togo. Mr. Annan welcomed these developments in a statement released by his spokesman late Friday. “He reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to support current efforts towards facilitating a smooth transition in Togo,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said.Togo’s political crisis began when its President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, died on 5 February, leaving a power vacuum he had filled for decades. In a break with the constitutional succession process, his son, a cabinet minister, was appointed Head of State.The constitution, which required that the President of the National Assembly become acting president until fresh elections were held within 60 days, was hastily amended, sparking violence in the capital, Lomé.When regional talks aimed at ending Togo’s constitutional crisis hit an impasse, ECOWAS suspended Togo’s membership last weekend.