Gambians vote in major challenge to longtime leader

Supporter of opposition leader Adama Barrow, a strong contender in Gambia's presidential election ThursdayGambians cast their ballots Thursday in a presidential poll that poses the strongest challenge yet to Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule, with political rivals energised by an unprecedented opposition campaign. The winner in the three-way race will serve a five-year term in The Gambia, a tiny former British colony in west Africa which occupies a narrow sliver of land surrounded by French-speaking Senegal. “Jammeh is my president, and he’s been doing a lot of development for this country,” said former Gambian international footballer Alhaji Momodo Nije voting at a cricket association in Banjul.

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