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Gambia’s opposition coalition hits the campaign trail

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By Alhagie Jobe


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The coalition of opposition parties in The Gambia on Wednesday began its two weeks nationwide campaign ahead of Presidential elections slated for 1st December.


The coalition comprising of six opposition parties and an Independent Candidate elected Adama Barrow as its standard bearer to face incumbent President Yahya Jammeh who has rule the tiny West African nation for the past 22 years.


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With an amazing and extra-ordinary crowd, the entourage departed from the Buffer Zone in Tallinding, headed to Banjul Ferry terminal and crossed over to rural Gambia. Thousands of Gambians from all walks of life escorted the delegation from Tallinding with drums, banners, blowing whistles up to the Banjul Ferry Terminal.


Despite the late crossing to Barra due to the massive number of people, vehicles and limited ferries, the coalition delegation received a tumultuous welcome in Barra and surrounding villages. Thousands of people came out in support of the coalition and chanting ‘we need change’.


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The coalition in its first day is to hold meetings in Essau, Lamin (Nuimi), Pakau Njogou, Ndungu Kebbeh, Kerr Omar Saine, Darsilameh and a night stop in Kerewan, North Bank Region


During the two-week campaigning, politicians will be criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country to sell their agendas, programs of development etc.


Campaigning ends on 29th, November 2016.

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