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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 June, 2003, 20:58 GMT 21:58 UK
Togo's president re-elected
President Gnassingbe Eyadema
Eyadema came to power in a military coup
Togo's president Gnassingbe Eyadema, Africa's longest-serving ruler, has won another five years in office, official results have shown.

The electoral commission said Mr Eyadema had taken about 57% of the votes in Sunday's poll, which has been marred by allegations of electoral fraud.

The results have to yet to be validated by the constitutional council.

The president's main opposition rival, Gilchrist Olympio, was barred from the poll because he is living in exile.

The opposition Party of Forces for Change fielded a new candidate, Emmanuel Bob Akitani, who won 34.14% of the vote.

He has been in power since 1967, when he staged a military coup.

TOGO ELECTIONS
President Eyadema in power since 1967
Constitution changed so he could run again
Opposition leader barred from poll
EU aid frozen

Despite earlier pledges to step down this year, at the end of his second elected term, he decided to "sacrifice himself again", in the words of his prime minister.

Last year, parliament changed the constitution to let Mr Eyadema run again.

On Tuesday, the authorities briefly detained two opposition leaders following a protest against alleged vote-rigging in which activists set up barricades and burnt tyres.

International observers from the African Union said the poll was generally free and transparent.




SEE ALSO:
Arrests over Togo poll violence
03 Jun 03  |  Africa
Togo election fraud alleged
02 Jun 03  |  Africa
Togo exile loses appeal
07 May 03  |  Africa
Africa's big men and the ballot
30 Dec 02  |  Africa


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