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Gnassingbé re-elected with 72% of votes- EC

Togo

<p>Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé has won a fourth term in office, according to provisional results declared by the national election commission.</p> <p>On Monday, the commission said he won 72 percent of the vote in the first round of presidential election.</p> <p>“Based on all the data obtained from the local independent electoral commission and the independent embassy electoral commissions, the candidate of the Union for the Republic (<span class="caps">UNIR</span>) party, Mr. Gnassingbé Essozimna Faure is provisionally proclaimed elected president of the Togolese Republic”, Kodjona Kandaga, President of the National Electoral Commission said </p> <p>According to the Togolese electoral commission, former Prime Minister, Agbeyome Kodjo, who served under the regime of Gnassingbé Eyadema, came in second with just 18 percent of votes on Saturday.</p> <p>This widely anticipated win for the 53 year old extends the dynasty of the Gnassingbé‘s of the former French colony for more than a century.</p> <p>Gnassingbé has led the country of 8 million people since he took over in 2005. This follows the death of his father, Gnassingbé Eyadema, who ruled the West African nation for 38 years.</p> <p>The main opponent, Agbeyome Kodjo, who claimed victory after Saturday votes denounced vote irregularities in the capital, Lome.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>
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