Gnassingbe confirmed as Togo's president

Lome - Togo's Constitutional Court Thursday in Lome confirmed the re-election of President Faure Gnassingbe in the March 4 polls, whose provisional results were contested by the opposition.

"Faure Gnassingbe, having obtained the highest number of votes, should be declared president of the Republic," the president of the Constitutional Court, Aboudou Assouma, announced at a public ceremony.

"This proclamation is definite, and brings to an end all the electoral processes," he stated.

Gnassingbe, 43, who came to power in 2005 after the death of his father, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, who ruled Togo with an iron hand for 38 years, won 60.88 percent of votes cast during the March 4 polls, the court said. - Sapa-AFP

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