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Word of Togo Leader’s Victory Ignites Clashes

Togo’s electoral commission on Tuesday declared Faure Gnassingbé, the son of the longtime leader Gnassingbé Eyadéma, the winner in Sunday’s presidential election. Within minutes of the announcement, police officers and opposition supporters were clashing on the streets, and the skies grew dark with smoke from burning barricades. Clashes continued throughout the day, with the police firing tear gas and bullets at protesters who threw rocks, cut down trees to block thoroughfares and stockpiled Molotov cocktails. At least four people were reported wounded by gunfire, and many homes and stores were looted. By the end of the day, the country’s borders remained closed and all phone service had been cut off. Full Story

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