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Togo's ruling party wins again

13 August 2013, 09:03

Lome - Togo's ruling party has won more than two-thirds of seats in parliament in an election last month, the constitutional court said on Monday.

The court confirmed preliminary results showing that President Faure Gnassingbe's Union for the Republic (UNIR) won 62 of 91 seats in parliament, followed by the Let's Save Togo opposition coalition with 19 seats.

Opposition parties had hoped to win the vote to push reform in the African country, which has been governed by the Gnassingbe family for 46 years. The opposition has accused UNIR of foul play in the 24 July parliamentary election.

More than 1 100 candidates from 26 political parties competed in the election.

"We will continue to do our work, and we will walk the streets of Lome every Saturday to protest the results and bring change to the country," said Eric Dupuy, spokesperson of Togo's largest opposition party, National Alliance for Change.

Jolie Dogbe, a teacher in the capital Lome said: "With UNIR's two-third majority, no reform will be allowed."

The Gnassingbe family has been in power since 1967. After former president Eyadema Gnassingbe died of a heart attack in 2005, his son, Faure, was installed by the military and later won an election marred by deadly violence. He was re-elected in 2010.



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