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Gambian President Celebrates Re-Election


Thousands of supporters of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh are celebrating his re-election in the west African nation.

Supporters wearing the president's green campaign colors crammed into the capital, Banjul, for a gigantic beach party.

President Jammeh said his priority is to make the country the best in the world as supporters swarmed around his beachside state house.

Election officials said Saturday that Mr. Jammeh won 67 percent of ballots to secure a third term. They said Oussainou Darboe from the United Democratic Party won 27 percent, and former civil servant Halifa Sallah from the National Alliance for Democracy and Development, received about six percent.

Officials also said turnout in Friday's balloting was relatively low among the 670,000 eligible voters. Election observers said the vote was peaceful.

Opposition leaders had accused President Jammeh of controlling media coverage and state resources during the campaign.

The press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders, accused the government of threatening and intimidating journalists.

President Jammeh has ruled Gambia since taking power in a military coup in 1994.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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