LOME, Togo – Togo's election commission says provisional results show President Faure Gnassingbe has won re-election, extending a family dynasty that has already lasted nearly a half-century.
Commission chairman Taffa Tabiou said late Tuesday that Gnassingbe received about 1.2 million votes, or 59 percent of the vote. Leading opposition candidate Jean Pierre Fabre had 35 percent.
Fabre said Tuesday the election was marred and demanded a recount in seven areas in the north. But observers from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS and the African Union have said no major incidents have tainted the credibility of the election.
Saturday's vote saw the lowest turnout of any election conducted in the past decade in this West African nation. About 54 percent of 3.5 million registered voters went to the polls.