Togolese leader ahead in weekend’s vote



TOGO’S incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe appeared set for a third term after a weekend election, with partial results issued yesterday giving him a strong lead.

A victory at the weekend’s vote — described by regional monitors as “free and transparent” overall — would extend his family’s rule of almost 50 years over the tiny west African nation.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said Gnassingbe had won 62 percent of the vote, far ahead of his nearest rival Jean-Pierre Fabre, who took 32 percent with about 12 percent of ballots counted.

Up to around 55 percent of the country’s 3.5 million voters turned out on Saturday, according to the CENI, which has five days to announce the final outcome.

Turnout was significantly lower than in 2010, when nearly two thirds of registered voters took part, AFP reported.

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