School girls walk past election posters of Togo's Incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe, Presidential Candidate of Union for the Republic, on the street in Lome, Togo, Feb. 21, 2020.
School girls walk past election posters of Togo's Incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe, Presidential Candidate of Union for the Republic, on the street in Lome, Togo, Feb. 21, 2020.

LOME, TOGO - Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has won re-election with 72% of the vote, according to preliminary results from the electoral commission on Monday, extending his 15-year rule and a family dynasty that began when his father took power in a 1967 coup.

Despite widespread disaffection and protests calling for him to step down, a fractured opposition has struggled to launch a converted campaign to unseat Gnassingbe in the small West African country of 8 million people.