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Gambia's opposition demands release of jailed leader and activists

Main opposition Gambian presidential challenger Ousainou Darboe gets ready to vote on November 24, 2011 at a polling station in Serrekunda, southwest the capital BanjulGambia’s main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) demanded on Wednesday authorities release its leader Ousainou Darboe and about 40 followers arrested after protests last month, as prosecutors filed fresh charges over the demonstrations. Some of the activists were detained on April 14 after a rare opposition protest demanding political reforms in the small west African nation ruled with an iron fist by President Yahya Jammeh. The others were taken into custody following a demonstration two days later against the death of UDP official Solo Sandeng, who is reported to have died suspiciously in custody, according to his party and human rights groups.

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