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Vol 57 No 20

Published 7th October 2016


Jammeh tilts the playing field

An increasingly isolated and paranoid President has become even more dictatorial in the lead-up to national elections

The last time Gambia went to the polls, in November 2011, the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh won 72% of the vote, crushing two below-par opposition coalitions. The Commonwealth and African Union expressed reservations but hinted that things could have been worse. The Economic Community of West African States declined to send an Observer Mission after its fact-finding team found 'an opposition and electorate cowed by repression and intimidation'. Ecowas nevertheless pledged its willingness to cooperate in future elections.

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