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Barrow's UDP beats Jammeh's party to win majority in Gambia's parliament

Barrow's UDP beats Jammeh's party to win majority in Gambia's parliament

Gambia

Gambian President Adama Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP) has won majority seats in Gambia’s National Assembly Elections held Thursday.

The Independent Electoral Commission Chairperson Alieu Momarr Njai declared the final results Friday morning with UDP winning 31 seats in the 53-seat National Assembly.

Exiled former President Yahaya Jammeh’s party Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) for the first time in over 22 years won only 5 seats followed by other opposition parties: NRP with 5, GDC with 5, PDOIS with 4, PPP with 2 and an Independent Candidate winning a seat.

Voter turnout in the election was 42% low and the process run smoothly, fair and peacefully, the IEC Chairman declared.

238 candidates and 10 registered parties took part in the elections that saw only two women elected.

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