Gambia's opposition UDP wins absolute majority from Jammeh party: official

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United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainou Darboe smiles at a polling station in Bakau on April 6, 2017 during legislative elections. Darboe won an absolute majority in the election.

United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainou Darboe smiles at a polling station in Bakau on April 6, 2017 during legislative elections. Darboe won an absolute majority in the election.

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United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainou Darboe smiles at a polling station in Bakau on April 6, 2017 during legislative elections. Darboe won an absolute majority in the election.

United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainou Darboe smiles at a polling station in Bakau on April 6, 2017 during legislative elections. Darboe won an absolute majority in the election.

BANJUL, Gambia - The Gambia's longtime opposition UDP won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections, easily defeating the party of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh, results announced Friday showed.

"(I) hereby declare the final results as follows: UDP won 31 seats; APRC (Jammeh's party) won five seats," in the 58-chamber parliament, Independent Electoral Commission chairman Alieu Momar Njie declared at the commission headquarters.