Togo’s Faure Gnassingbé ‘wins re-election’ amid fraud protest

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé has won re-election, according to preliminary results from the electoral commission.

However, opposition leader Agbéyomé Kodjo has accused the authorities of widespread fraud.

The president’s office is quoted by AFP news agency as denying the accusation.

The electoral commission said that Mr. Gnassingbé had received 72% of the vote, compared with about 18% for Mr. Kodjo.

The final results are expected to be announced by the Supreme Court this week.

Mr. Gnassingbé has led Togo’s population of eight million people since taking over following the death of his father Gnassingbé Eyadema, who ruled for 38 years.

Mr. Kodjo, former prime minister and head of the national assembly, accused the authorities of setting up fake polling stations in Saturday’s election, ballot stuffing and getting people to cast multiple votes in Mr. Gnassingbé’s favor.

People queue to vote at a polling station in Lome, on February 22, 2020, during the presidential elections.

Source:BBC

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