Gambian parliamentary election, 2007

Gambian Parliamentary Election, 2007

Gambian parliamentary election, 2007

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A parliamentary election was held in The Gambia on 25 January 2007. Forty-eight members of the National Assembly were elected, with another five being appointed by the President. 103 candidates had been approved by the Independent Electoral Commission, and only the ruling party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), contested all 48 seats.

After the election, President Yahya Jammeh said that "constituencies that voted the opposition should not expect my government's development projects. I want to teach people that opposition in Africa does not pay." He expressed satisfaction with the results and said that "voters have thrown out the two empty barrels from the National Assembly"; this was believed to be a reference to the defeat of two prominent opposition politicians, Halifa Sallah and Hamat Bah. Salleh blamed the opposition's poor performance in the election on a split in its ranks and said that he intended to retire from politics.

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