Voice of America (Washington, DC)

28 July 2013

Togo: Ruling Party Gains Seats in Togo Election

Photo: African Elections
Queuing to vote. (file photo)

Initial results from Togo show the ruling party of President Faure Gnassingbe gaining seats in Thursday's parliamentary elections.

Results announced Sunday give the Union for the Republic Party 62 of 91 seats - up from 50 of the 81 seats in contention in the last election in 2007.

Opposition officials allege voting irregularities and confusion at some polling places, but African election observers did not report any major problems.

President Gnassingbe's family has ruled the West African nation for 46 years. He succeeded his father Eyadema, who died in 2005.

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