Togo’s President Leads With 10% of Votes Counted After Election

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe leads the race for the presidency after elections on April 25 with about 10 percent of votes counted, the Independent National Electoral Commission said.

Gnassingbe, 48, has 133,375 votes with results from 934 of the West African nation’s 8,994 polling stations counted, commission Chairman Issifou Taffa Tabiou said in an interview on Monday in the capital, Lome. His main challenger, Jean-Pierre Fabre of the opposition National Alliance for Change, has 68,957 votes, Tabiou said.

Gnassingbe was elected president of Togo in 2005 following the death in office of his father, Eyadema Gnassingbe, a former coup leader who was Africa’s longest-serving head of state at the time. As many as 500 people died in a crackdown on opposition supporters by security forces following the 2005 vote, according to a United Nations inquiry.

Turnout in the April 25 vote was about 53 percent to 55 percent, according to the commission.

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