Togo hopes for more peaceful presidential election

Polls have opened in the presidential election in the west African state of Togo.

President Faure Gnassingbe is running for a second term, and his main challenger is Jean Pierre Fabre of the Union of Forces for Change (UFC).

The vote is being closely watched by the international community amid hopes of avoiding repetition of the violence that marred the last election.

All parties have been stressing the need for a peaceful poll.

President Gnassingbe is hoping to be re-elected in circumstances that will win the approval that was so lacking at the last election.

The 2005 vote happened soon after the military had installed him in power on the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema.

The main opposition party, the UFC, believes it won the last election.



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