Opposition win majority of seats in General Election


President Adama Barrow’s former party, the United Democratic Party (UDP), took the majority of seats in last Thursday’s general election.

Barrow had resigned from the UDP to stand as an Independent presidential candidate in last year’s presidential election but it was one of the six parties supporting him in his successful bid to oust former President Yahya Jammeh.

The centre-left United Democratic Party (UDP) won 31 seats in the 53 seat National Assembly. In second place was Jammeh’s former ruling party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) which dropped 38 seats to take just five seats in the new parliament.

Four other parties won representation; the Gambian Democratic Congress (GDC) with five seats, the National Reconciliation Party (NRP) also with five seats, the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) with four seats and the centre-left People’s Progressive Party (PPP) with two seats. One Independent also won a seat. This means that four new parties enter parliament for the first time.

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