Gambian presidential election set for December 2016

Gambian President Yayah Jammeh (L), pictured here on January 19, 2012, in Banjul, was elected for the first time in 1996 and has been re-elected three times since, most recently in 2011 with 72 percent of the voteThe Gambia will hold presidential elections in December 2016 with legislative polls scheduled for four months later, the electoral commission said on Monday. The presidential vote will be held on December 1, 2016, and the legislative elections on April 6, 2017, Joe Colley, head of communications at the Gambia National Independent Electoral Commission, told AFP. The Gambia, a former British colony nestled within Senegal, is one of the poorest nations in the world and has been ruled with an iron fist by President Yahya Jammeh since he seized power in a coup in 1994.

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