An alliance of opposition parties in Gambia hopes to succeed in ousting longtime President Yahya Jammeh in the upcoming elections. After mass arrests in April, opposition hopeful Adama Barrow emerged from obscurity to lead the coalition.
Gambian President Adama Barrow's party United Democratic Party (UDP) won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections, easily defeating the party of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh.
After a shock vote to remove President Yahya Jammeh from power in December, Gambians are now selecting new deputies in parliamentary elections as they press ahead with democratic renewal.
The Gambia's first legislative elections since the downfall of Yahya Jammeh are expected to inject democracy into a parliament which under authoritarian rule was derided as a rubberstamp assembly.
Gambia's justice minister has claimed that former leader Yahya Jammeh stole around $50 million from state coffers via a state telecoms company. Jammeh was forced to step down in January after 22 years in power.
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