Togo’s President Wins 3rd Term Bid
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has been re-elected for a third term, electoral officials say.
Provisional results show that he gained 59% of the vote, extending his family’s 48-year hold on power.
Observers from the African Union and regional bloc Ecowas said the election was free and fair, despite opposition complaints of voting irregularities.
Mr Gnassingbe has ruled since the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who took power in a coup in 1967.
His main rival, opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre, took 35% of the vote.
Mr Fabre on Monday called for a delay in announcing the results, citing widespread irregularities.
But later, he said that he would leave the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni) “to do its work”.
The results still need to be confirmed by the country’s Constitutional Court.
Turnout was around 53-55%, according to Ceni – at least 10% lower than the last elections in 2010.