Gambia elections: Twitter anger as govt 'shuts down' internet

2016-12-01 12:57
(Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

(Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

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Banjul – Social media was abuzz on Thursday following the move by the Gambian government to shut down the internet on the eve of the country's presidential elections. 

Reports indicated that President Yahya Jammeh faced the biggest threat to his 22-year rule, as the west African nation headed to the polls, following two weeks of unprecedented rallies by an energised opposition. 

At least 880 000 Gambians were said to be eligible to vote.

The internet blackout in a nation long accused by rights groups of suppressing freedom of expression drew a lot of anger on Twitter, with some saying this was a tactic by the government to rig the election.  

See the tweets below. 

Read more on:    yahya jammeh  |  gambia  |  gambia 2016 elections  |  west africa

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