Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday expressed happiness over his victory in an election that brought him back on the seat for a fourth term.
Gnassingbe has led the country of eight million people since taking over in 2005 following the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who led Togo for 38 years.
The country’s election commission said the incumbent leader took 72 percent of the vote in the first round of Saturday’s presidential poll, far ahead of former Prime Minister, Agbeyome NKodjo on 18 percent.
Meanwhile, his main rival is alleging widespread fraud including ballot stuffing and the use of fake polling stations to skew the results in Gnassingbe’s favour.
Recall that in 2017 and 2018, Gnassingbehad to cope with major opposition protests demanding an end to his family’s 53 years in power.