Gambia president's party takes majority in new parliament

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Posted: Apr 07, 2017 5:27 AM
Gambia president's party takes majority in new parliament

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's electoral commission chair says the party of new President Adama Barrow has won a majority of seats in parliament.

Thursday's vote overcomes two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh. It also assures that Barrow can move ahead with promised transitions toward greater freedoms.

Independent Electoral Chair Alieu Momarr Njai on Friday called the vote free and fair. He said Barrow's United Democratic Party won 31 seats in the 53-seat National Assembly.

The former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party now holds five seats.