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The Gambia’s Democratic Space ‘Constricted, Restricted and Shrinking’ Ahead of 2016 Polls

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BANJUL - With the approach of the Gambia’s 2016 presidential elections, which will see President Yahya Jammeh seek re-election for a fifth, five- year tenure, more than a dozen opposition activists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted in the past eight months.
 
The leader of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe, told IPS, “the democratic space, instead of being expanded is constricted, restricted and shrinking.”

Just in the past eight months, 15 of Darboe’s party members have appeared before a court of law.

Twelve members of the party’s youth wing were arrested in February for “an unlawful gathering” but where later acquitted by the court in March. (END//2014)

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