Le président togolais sortant Faure Gnassingbé a remporté l’élection du 25 avril par 58,77% des suffrages exprimés, contre 35,19% à son principal adversaire Jean-Pierre Fabre, selon les résultats officiels proclamés dimanche par la Cour constitutionnelle.
Faure Gnassingbé is the second member of his family, after his father, to occupy the Togolese presidency. Together, father and son have ruled the small West African nation for almost 50 years.
The opposition has cried foul over the conduct of the election but declined to challenge the results in court. Just like in many other countries, the real problem is not outright fraud, but a system of power that greatly favors the incumbent. It is a shame that this is not subject to more scrutiny and attention from the African Union, western governments and the international community at large.