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French media outlets finally granted visas to cover presidential election

(RSF/IFEX) - On 4 March 2010, the day of the Togolese presidential election, Radio France, Radio France Internationale (RFI), RTL and the daily "La Croix" were finally granted visas for Togo. Special correspondents from Radio France and RFI then travelled to Lomé, but the last-minute decision to grant them visas allowed for only partial coverage of the election.

According to preliminary estimates of the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), outgoing President Faure Gnassingbé, candidate for the Union of the Togolese People (RPT), won the presidential election with 60.92% of the vote. The main opposition candidate, Jean-Pierre Fabre, received 33.94% of the vote.

Jean-Pierre Fabre challenged the result, claiming to have won the election.

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