Togo President Gnassingbe wins re-election in landslide

Despite widespread disaffection and protests calling for him to step down, a fractured opposition has struggled to launch a converted campaign to unseat Faure Gnassingbe
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has won re-election with 72% of the vote, according to preliminary results from the electoral commission on Monday, extending his 15 year rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.

Despite widespread disaffection and protests calling for him to step down, a fractured opposition has struggled to launch a converted campaign to unseat Gnassingbe in the small West African country of 8 million people.

On Saturday Gnassingbe said if elected, he will continue reforms that have helped achieve annual economic growth of around 5% in recent years.

Even so, over half of the population lives in poverty, according to the African Development Bank.