Togo's ruling party celebrates election victory

17:28, March 08, 2010      

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The victory of outgoing President Faure Gnassingbe in presidential election was celebrated Sunday amid traditional dances at the headquarters of the ruling Assembly of Togolese People (RPT) in the capital Lome.

Hundreds of members and supporters of the party were gathering for the jubilation to hail the re-election of Faure, 43, who came to power in 2005.

According to the provisional results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), the official organ to unveil the provisional results, Faure won the election with 60.92 percent of the votes cast.

His closest rival Jean-Pierre Fabre of the United Forces for Change (UFC) got 33.94 percent, despite his claim of win on Friday.

In front of the RPT headquarters, a crowd is dancing to the sound of drums and other traditional instruments to celebrate the publication of the results showing their candidate "genuinely" won the election.

"Faure has clearly won and we have emerged at the top," "a victory that cannot be contested," "Faure has won fairly this time round before the Togolese people and the international community," they repeated the words in their improvised songs of jubilation.

"You must guard your serenity and maintain the discipline which distinguishes our party," the RPT deputy secretary general, Bamenante Komikpime, told the cheering crowd gathering under the scorching sun.

He called on the supporters not to engage in any form of violence and to avoid anything that might lead them into violence, because the "re-elected presidential candidate" made non-violence the key word of his policy of Togo's reconstruction.

Bamenante also asked the supporters and party faithfuls to remain steadfast and work together with Faure in the next five years after the final results are declared by the Constitutional Court and the swearing-in ceremony is held.

Faure began to serve his first term after a hotly contested election in April 2005, following the death of his father Gen. Gnassingbe Eyadema on Feb. 5 2005, after ruling the West African country for 38 years.

Source: Xinhua
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