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The Gambia News
As you might have heard in the news, four people including two lactating mothers and one teenager have been sentenced to one year in prison for allegedly obstructing President Yaya Jammeh’s convoy.
Four people have been sentenced to one year in prison for obstructing the convoy of President Yaya Jammeh of the Gambia, Foraya news website has reported.
Frustrated by years of failure to bring Tthe killer(s) of his father to justice, the son of slain Gambian Journalist, Deyda Hydara says, “We feel that they (the government) haven’t done enough to find the killers and on numerous occasions they refused to conduct proper investigation. So we are just seeking justice really.”
Even though the Gambian Elections are over and President Jammeh has been declared winner, for his main rival Osainou Darbo of the main opposition party, UDP, the electoral battle is not yet over.
Darbo, a career lawyer, has rejected the results from the electoral commission, which declared Jammeh winner with 72% of the votes and he has said he won’t recognize his victory.
Gambian incumbent President Yahaya Jammeh has won a landslide victory in Thursday’s election, getting a fourth term in office. But the main opposition leader has said the poll was not fair, while some international observers have given thumbs up to the conduct of the polls.
By Frank Sainworla,Jr/WADR News
As polls open in Gambia’s presidential election today, Thursday, one of the two opposition candidates has criticized the boycott by the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS, debunking its claims that politicians are being intimidated and the environment is not conducive for the polls in the West African nation.
The sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS says it will not send observers to Thursday’s presidential election
in the Gambia, because the “preparations and political environment are not conducive for the
holding of free, fair and transparent polls,” but the Gambian government has described the
claim as fabrication.
In the Gambia, campaigning for this month’s presidential election enters its sixth day on Thursday, and come November 24, all eyes will be set on the Gambia to see the 17-year-old regime of Yahaya Jammeh being tested at the ballot box.
Campaigning is due to officially begin on Saturday for the Gambian presidential election on November 24.
Several opposition candidates are challenging incumbent President Yahaya Jammeh, who has been in power for the past 17 years.
After four days of serious riots across Britain, the country’s Prime Minister David Cameron vowed that the fight-back would be pursued to restore order.