Gambian police disperse protesters against the president’s re-election

Presidential elections in the Gambia
Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow delivers his victory speech in Banjul, Gambia December 5, 2021. REUTERS / Zohra Bensemra

December 6, 2021

By Pap Saine

Colombian police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse supporters of the loss of presidential candidate Ousainou Darboe, who took to the streets outside the capital Banjul to run for President Adama Barrow’s re-election bid.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in the community of Serekunda, 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the capital Banjul, a day after Darboe and two other candidates said they would not accept Barrow’s resounding victory in the election. dovish poll on Saturday.

Police intervened with tear gas when the crowd began to scuffle with Barrow’s supporters, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. The situation calmed down in the early evening.

The election is a test of stability and democratic progress in the small West African country of 2.5 million people. They hope it will help draw a line under the oppressive 22-year rule of former president Yahya Jammeh, who lost to Barrow in 2016 and was forced into exile.

Earlier on Monday, Essa Mbye Faal accepted defeat, a reaction to his earlier statement to Darboe that defiled the aftermath of the vote.

“I called Adama Barrow for his election win,” he said, without explaining his change of heart. “I told supporters we lost the election and we should accept the will of God.”

The two remaining candidates have not said how they will proceed. Citing alleged problems at polling stations and other issues, they said on Sunday that “all actions have been taken”.

Election observers from the African Union said the election was conducted in accordance with international standards, while EU observers on Monday praised the transparency of the voting process and control. promissory note.

However, in its statement, the EU observer’s delegation criticized the Independent Electoral Commission, saying its pre-election process for accepting candidates was too lackluster.

(Additional reporting by Bate Felix Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Edward McAllister, William Maclean and Alison Williams) Gambian police disperse protesters against the president’s re-election


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