Gambia’s opposition selects UDP’s Adama Barrow to lead coalition

Adama BarrowThe Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh is to face the toughest challenge in 22 years as opposition groups nominate Adama Barrow of the United Democratic Party to lead a coalition of seven parties in the country’s December 1 presidential polls.

It is the first time a majority of The Gambia’s opposition, which had been deeply divided came together in an effort to unseat President Yahya Jammeh. At least one opposition group, a breakaway party from the ruling APRC has refused to join the coalition.

Independent candidate Dr. Isatou Touray who was absent from the convention said she would support the outcome of the nomination on Sunday.

Barrow, 51, is a businessman, real estate mogul, and accountant. He became the main opposition UDP’s presidential hopeful after two decades when its leader, Ousainou Darboe with the party’s senior entire executive were arrested in April for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest demanding the release, dead or alive, of Ebrima Solo Sandeng, the party’s organizing secretary who the UN said was tortured to death by Gambian security forces.

President Yahya Jammeh is described as the worst African dictator most has never heard of who has ruled the tiny tourist enclave with fear and force. Jammeh’s rule is said to be bizarre and vicious and has last week pulled the nation of fewer than two million people out of the International Criminal Court.

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