Togo’s main opposition challenger on Wednesday rejected the results of the country’s presidential election after incumbent Faure Gnassingbe was declared the winner, reviving fears of a post-election violence. Jean-Pierre Fabre said results announced by the election commission late on Tuesday were fraudulent and did not match those from polling stations compiled by his party. “The results from local electoral commissions where there were no major issues showed that we won by a large margin,” Fabre told journalists.
“This hard-fought victory, despite all the kinds of obstacles, is a victory for Togo,” he added.
Togo’s election commission had announced that provisional results showed Gnassingbe won the vote with more than 1.2 million votes, or 58.75 percent of the total.
The April 25 vote was largely peaceful, but tensions have risen as results trickled in. Hundreds died in unrest after the election in 2005.