Togo’s President re-elected, according to final results

LOME, TOGO (AP) — Togo’s Constitutional Court announced final results on Tuesday, confirming the country’s President easily won a fourth term, extending the grip his family has had on power since 1967 as the opposition alleged fraud.

The court, in its final tally of the election commission’s preliminary results, announced that President Faure Gnassingbe received 70 per cent of the votes while crediting his main challengers Agbeyome Kodjo and Jean-Pierre Fabre with 19 per cent and four per cent of the votes, respectively.

The United States (US) Embassy in Togo last week called on the election commission to release the results by each polling booth to increase transparency.

The political opposition, which for years has called for new leadership, said several of their delegates were prevented from voting. Internet access was restricted on election day. Kodjo has rejected the results, describing them as “concocted in the ruling party’s laboratory”. He added that “these fabricated numbers give the sense that we are in a real dictatorship, a dictatorship which wants nothing to do with democracy and doesn’t respect civil or political laws.”

A protest march planned late week was repressed by security forces while Kodjo and Fanoko Kpodzro were repeatedly confined at their homes by the military.

The Minister of Security General Damehame Yark said it was done to ensure protection.

President Faure Gnassingbe. PHOTO: AFP