Yahya Jammeh wins Gambian election to extend 17-year run as president

President Yahya Jammeh has won Gambia’s general election. Having already been in power for 17 years, he is now preparing to start a new 5-year term. But his 72% landslide victory is already being questioned by opponents.

Opposition leader Ousainou Darboe trailed far behind on roughly 15% while third-placed independent candidate Amath Bah was around the 7% mark. There are unconfirmed allegations, however, that voters were intimidated across the country.

The voting system itself was somewhat unusual. Voters had to drop marbles into large drums. The marbles hit a bell, preventing people from casting multiple votes. Reports from independent election observers are still awaited.


About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


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