Togo’s constitutional court declared Faure Gnassingbe president for a third five-year term after tallying final votes on Sunday. Aboudou Assouma, head of the Constitutional Court, said on state television that the final results show that Gnassingbe received a majority of the votes with about 59 percent. His main opposition challenger Jean-Pierre Fabre received about 35 percent of the votes.
“Having obtained a majority of the votes, Faure Gnassingbe must be declared president,” he said.
The win extends the Gnassingbe family’s rule of Togo to nearly half a century. Gnassingbe has been in power since 2005 when he succeeded his father, who died after 38 years in office. Later that year he won elections that were marred by serious allegations of fraud. At some polling stations that year, soldiers burst in and made off with ballot boxes. Gnassingbe then won re-election in 2010.