United Democratic Party

Published 4th November, 2011

The United Democratic Party or UDP was founded in 1996 by the human rights activist Ousainou Darboe. It describes itself as a conservative political party.

In the 1996 presidential election, Darboe was the party’s presidential candidate and came second with 35.8% of the vote. The party won seven seats in the subsequent general election in 2007.

In the 2001 presidential election Darboe took 32.7% of the vote, coming second once more. The UDP boycotted the 2002 general election citing fraudulent acts on behalf of the ruling party.

In 2005 the UDP joined the National Alliance for Democracy and development, but subsequently withdrew in 2006 and fought the presidential election alone. Darboe took 26.69% of the vote.

In the 2007 general election the party won four seats and 21.8% of the vote.

The United Democratic Party is affiliated to the International Democrat Union (IDU).

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