Togo's opposition leader not to seek recourse from constitutional court

16:54, March 10, 2010      

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Togo's main opposition party leader Jean-Pierre Fabre says he will not seek justice from the constitutional court in fight against the elections results which he fears rigged.

"We cannot go and tie ourselves up into judicial processes because once we have gone to the constitutional court which is expected to make a ruling, this ruling is going to be against us," the 58-year-old candidate of the United Forces for Change (UFC) said on Tuesday.

Fabre lost to outgoing President Faure Gnassingbe in Thursday's presidential election with 33.94 percent of the votes against 60. 92 percent, according to the provisional results released by the West African country's electoral commission.

"We know what the Togolese constitutional court has been doing for a very long time and we do not want to go and find ourselves in such an impasse," he told a local TV channel in an interview.

Fabre had previously declared himself the winner of the election with a "wide margin." After the publication of the results, he dismissed them as cooked-up figures, calling on the people to rise up and reject them.

On Tuesday, hundreds of UFC members and supporters staged protests in the capital Lome in defiance of a ban by the authorities. They were quickly dispersed by the Presidential Election Security Forces (FOSEP), a special unit of the 6,000- strong deployment to guard against riots, which left hundreds of people dead in the 2005 polls.

UFC vows to continue the protest march until the weekend. "Today, politics will be the order of the day," Fabre declared.

Source: Xinhua
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