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Gambia opposition leads in polls

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Results from over half of Gambia’s 53 constituencies have been declared, and the opposition leader Adama Barrow is slightly in the lead.

According to sources there are about a dozen more constituencies to be declared by the Independent Electoral Commission.

Gambia went to the polls Thursday, with a shaky President Yahya Jammeh, leader for 22 years and seeking a fifth term, unsure of visctory.

According to the IEC Barrow took nearly 50 percent of the vote in Banjul’s three constituencies, while the 51-year old Jammeh had 43 percent and the third party candidate Mama Kandeh took 7.6 percent.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed sources indicate Jammeh is preparing to concede defeat.

As a young army officer, Jammeh took power in a 1994 military coup. He was ‘elected’ as President in 1996 and ‘re-elected’ in 2001, 2006, and 2011.

 

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