Opposition supporters clashed with security forces in Togo's capital during protests boycotting the polls because of alleged irregularities in its organisation.
The decision to come to the negotiating table follows five months of massive public protest against the rule of embattled President Faure Gnassingbe.
A ban in the west African country against weekday protests, that was ignored by demonstrators calling for the president to step down, has been scrapped.
Protests over the past two days had been peaceful, but by Thursday night there were clashes with police throughout the night, as protesters set up barricades of rocks and burning tyres.
Vague promises of political reform by the government of President Faure Gnassingbe have failed to sway protester, who are also demanding a limit to the number of presidential terms.
It is not clear when it will be come law or if it affects President Faure Gnassingbe, who has been in power since 2005 and is serving a third term.
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