Gnassingbe wins Togo election - provisional result
Togo President Faure Gnassingbe won a new term as leader of the West African state, preliminary results showed on Saturday after a poll whose credibility was questioned by rivals, Reuters reported.
Gnassingbe won 1.24 million votes, over half of the 2.1 million votes cast and well ahead of closest rival, Jean-Pierre Fabre, who scored 692,584 votes, according to results read by Taffa Tabiou, president of the electoral commission.
Turnout stood at 64.7 percent, Tabiou said.
Gnassingbe's victory in a previous 2005 poll sparked protests and a security crackdown in which hundreds were killed. International observers this time judged the election to have gone smoothly but cited some procedural flaws.
The election is being widely seen as a test for democracy in a region which in recent weeks has seen a coup in Niger, street riots over delayed elections in Ivory Coast and uncertainty over the future of Guinea.
Hours before the result was announced, police fired tear gas to break up a protest by opposition demonstrators in central Lome, arresting 10 people.
The vote itself passed off peacefully on Thursday under a heavy security presence.
Observers from the ECOWAS grouping of West African nations said the vote had passed smoothly but raised concerns about how results would be collected after a malfunction in the satellite system intended to transmit data from voting stations.
In a statement on national radio, the ECOWAS mission raised concerns that the malfunction -- which meant local election officials had to travel to Lome with physical proof of vote tallies -- could undermine confidence in the result.
Gnassingbe took over from his late father Gnassingbe Eyadema who ruled as a dictator for 38 years. Togo is one of the world's top five producers of phosphates, a chemical used to make fertilisers, but remains poor and dependent on foreign aid.