Gambia on total lockdown: borders closed, communication shutoff

Gambia on total lockdown: borders closed, communication shutoff

There is no going in or out of The Gambia, not in person, not through the internet or international calling. The borders, the internet and international calling gateways of the West African nation have been closed and the people put on a full lockdown by its government.

The lockdown has raised the fear of post-electoral violence as armed troops roam the streets after incumbent President Yahya Jammeh decreed that no demonstrations will be allowed.

President Yahya Jammeh said last month that he will not be stepping down after losing polls.

“No election, no military, and no foreign power can remove from power,” Jammeh said in a televised statement.

The EU has been denied observer status by the country’s foreign ministry and the sub-regional economic community ECOWAS has boycotted the polls and will not be sending observers for the second time.

The country of fewer than two million people has been ruled by Jammeh for 22 years. Jammeh is facing a credible challenge from a real estate developer Adama Barrow, who is backed by seven opposition parties.

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