The 77-year-old has been in power for an accumulated 36 years, first taking the helm in 1979 and then again in 1997 after losing the country’s first multiparty elections in 1992.
His victory, announced on Tuesday by the interior minister citing figures from the electoral commission was widely expected after a March 20 ballot boycotted by the main opposition.
The election was also overshadowed by the death from COVID-19 of his only main rival, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, who secured 7.84 percent of the vote.
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