(AA) – Incumbent Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe was declared as the winner of the country’s presidential election with around 58.8 percent of the vote, according to the numbers released by the nation’s election commission.
The main opposition candidate, Jean Pierre Fabre, came second with about 35 percent of the votes, the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) announced late Tuesday.
The turnout has been estimated at “between 53 and 55 percent” of the 3.5 million eligible voters, the commission noted.
No representative of the opposition attended the press conference where the announcement of the results was made, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.
The opposition had earlier requested the suspension of the announcement of partial results after denouncing “massive fraud.”
Observers fear that violent protests might take place like those occurred following the 2005 presidential polls when Gnassingbe was first elected president. The violence left hundreds dead back then.
Gnassingbe, 58, was the candidate of the Union for the Republic Party. He became president on April 24, 2005 after serving as acting president for two months following the death of his father, who had also served as president.