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Togo victory for dictator's son

2010-03-18 20:04

Lome - Togo's constitutional court has declared victory for the son of the former dictator and dismissed fraud complaints in a disputed presidential election held earlier this month.

The court's ruling on Thursday gave Faure Gnassingbe a nearly 61% victory in the March 4 vote. The final results closely resemble provisional results issued days after the election.

Opposition candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre said his party will hold a demonstration to protest the ruling. The court said Fabre won less than 34% of votes.

The court said complaints of vote rigging were found to be unsubstantiated.

Gnassingbe seized power in 2005 after the death of his father, former dictator Eyadema Gnassingbe, who seized power in a 1967 coup.