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Vol 51 No 6

Published 19th March 2010


Tarnished triumph

As President Faure’s regime cracks down on protest against his election fraud, the opposition dithers

Opposition politicians say the results of the 6 March elections were fraudulent but show little stomach for confronting the heavily militarised regime in Lomé or elsewhere. France and would-be mediators in neighbouring Burkina Faso stayed quiet. The official results gave President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé 61%, Jean-Pierre Fabre of the Union des Forces de Changement (UFC) 34% and former transitional Prime Minister Yawovi Agboyibo’s Comité d’Action pour le Renouveau just 3% of the votes cast. Implausibly, these figures repeat the official numbers recorded after the 2005 elections.

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