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Gambia's Jammeh: from TV concession to courtroom drama

Workers prepare to remove an electoral poster for longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, after he conceded defeat in a presidential pollLongtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who initially conceded defeat in a December 1 presidential poll, has lodged a Supreme Court case to challenge the result, despite pressure from the international community for him to cede power peacefully. The opposition in the small West African country, however, fears Jammeh will use a judicial system — considered by experts to lack independence — to give legitimacy to his attempt to hang on to power. The ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) filed a complaint with the Supreme Court on December 13 alleging that opposition leader Adama Barrow was “not duly elected or returned as president, and that the said election was void”.

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