Gambia’s United Democratic Party (UDP) wins majority of seats in parliamentary elections

April 7, 2017 12:32 pm

’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Alieu Momar Njie announces election results at his office in Banjul on April 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The Gambia’s longtime opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has won an absolute majority in parliament in the West African country’s first general elections after the ouster of President Yahya Jammeh.
The UDP easily defeated Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party, results announced on Friday showed.
Independent Electoral Commission chairman Alieu Momar Njie declared at the commission headquarters on Friday that “UDP won 31 seats; APRC won five seats” in the 58-seat parliament. The APRC had 48 seats before.
Fifty-three seats are chosen by vote and five seats are to be appointed by President Adama Barrow.
UDP leader Ousainou Darboe is a personal friend and longtime ally of the president.
Jammeh, who had taken power in a 1994 coup, sought amnesty and safe passage out of the Gambia and the recognition of his political party. He then departed for exile in Equatorial Guinea.
During Jammeh’s reign, his government was accused of harsh treatment of opponents.
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