Togo Elections 2013: Ruling Party Wins Two-Thirds Majority in Parliament

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Jul 29th, 2013
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Members of Togo's Independent National Electoral Commission count votes on July 25, 2013 in Lome (AFP, Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Members of Togo’s Independent National Electoral Commission count votes on July 25, 2013 in Lome (AFP, Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe’s ruling Union for the Republic won more than two-thirds of the seats in Parliament in last week’s vote.

Preliminary results show the party won 62 of the 91 seats in the July 24 election, Angele Aguigah, president of the National Independent Electoral Commission, told reporters in the capital, Lome, yesterday.

The main opposition Save Togo coalition won 19 seats and the Rainbow coalition got six positions, Aguigah said. The Union of Forces for Change, led by Gilchrist Olympio, obtained three seats after previously occupying 27 positions, she said.

Gnassingbe, 47, in 2005 succeeded his father, who had ruled the West African nation of 6.1 million people since 1967. He was reelected in 2010 amid claims by the opposition of irregularities. The $3.7 billion economy, which earns foreign currency from exports of cotton, coffee and cocoa, is forecast to expand 5.1 percent this year from 5 percent in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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