The United Democratic Party (UDP), Gambia’s ruling party, has won the country’s parliamentary election, which held on Thursday.
President Adama Barrow won his election on the platform of the party.
UDP won 31 seats in the 53-member parliament while Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), party of former President Yahya Jammeh, while Gambia Democratic Congress, a party formed by a former lawmaker in Jammeh’s regime, came second.
According to the nation’s electoral commission, both parties won five seats each.
The election of a new parliament was seen as an important step towards establishing a democracy after more than two decades of Jammeh’s autocratic rule in the West African nation.
The poll – the country’s first election since Jammeh went into exile in January, saw 239 candidates from nine political parties competing for 48 seats in the national assembly.
Five additional seats will be appointed by Barrow, who took power on January 19
Source: The Cable