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Gambia sets date for presidential poll

2011-03-30 19:31

Banjul - The head of the Gambian election commission, Alhaji Mustapha Carayol, announced on Wednesday that presidential elections would be held on November 24.

President Yahya Jammeh, who took control of the West African country in a military coup in 1994 and has won three elections since, has said he will seek another term.

Gambia, a sliver of land straddling the river of the same name, has been a rare example of stability in West Africa, though human rights watchdogs say this has been achieved at great cost to human rights and press freedoms.

Jammeh's rule has also been characterised by what critics say is paranoia and superstition.

He has jailed several members of his inner circle in recent years for allegedly plotting to overthrow him and earned international notoriety in 2007 by claiming he could cure HIV/Aids with herbs.

Carayol also announced that parliamentary elections would take place early next year and municipal elections in early 2013.