Gambia: Opposition activist tortured by ousted dictator becomes MP

Gambia: Opposition activist tortured by ousted dictator becomes MP

An opposition activist, who was arrested during rare opposition protests for electoral reform won her district to become the Member of Parliament for Tallinding.

Fatoumata Jawara was arrested with Ebrima Solo Sandeng in April last year at the Westfield Square and tortured into a coma by Gambian authorities before being prosecuted and sent to prison.

Jawara is a supporter of the UDP party, which is favored to win a majority of the seats in Thursday’s election, which is going to be The Gambia’s most closely contested.

Gambia’s Justice Department has charged nine former intelligence officers with her torture and the killing of her colleague, Sandeng.

She is the only female candidate from the UDP and won the district that was over the years won by Jammeh’s APRC-backed Majority Leader, Fabakary Tombong Jatta.

Fatoumata Jawara has pledged to have repressive laws repealed, push for independent investigations into human rights abuses by Jammeh’s government and get justice for victims of the regime.

Polls have closed in Gambia and results are crippling in the first post-Jammeh elections. Gambia took the international spotlight in January after Jammeh refused to cede power. Regional troops were deployed forcing him to flee.

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