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Togo ruling party wins majority in parliament

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Togo's ruling party has won 62 of 91 seats in parliamentary elections, provisional results showed Sunday, allowing the ruling family to maintain its decades-long grip on power.

The west African nation's constitutional court must verify the results for them to become final. The closest opposition party was the Let's Save Togo coalition with 19 seats, the results broadcast on state television by the electoral commission showed.

Let's Save Togo has alleged irregularities in connection with the vote, though observers from the African Union and West African bloc ECOWAS have said that the elections were held in acceptable conditions.

The electoral commission "vowed from the beginning of the process to organise a transparent and credible electoral process in a peaceful climate, and we are delighted to have in general succeeded at this," electoral commission chief Angele Dola Aguigah said.

Thursday's polls were the latest step in the impoverished country's transition to democracy after Gnassingbe Eyadema's rule from 1967 to his death in 2005, when the military installed his son, Faure Gnassingbe, as president.

Gnassingbe's party, formerly the RPT and now UNIR, won 50 of 81 seats in the last legislative elections in 2007.

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