He had a surprise victory over Yahya Jammeh, who remains in exile in Equatorial Guinea. This time around, however, Barrow intends to control his destiny. On 9 November, the outgoing president officially launched his electoral campaign. Breaking his promise to only stay in power for three years after defeating Jammeh, this former member of the diaspora decided – in the end – to complete his five-year term.
In the 4 December polls, he faced oppositionist Ousainou Darboe, a UDP (United Democratic Party) candidate and Barrow’s former second-in-command. Before Darboe was removed from his post as vice-president in 2019, the two men were allies.
The National People’s Party (NPP), which the head of state launched in January 2021 to help him secure a second term, will not have to go up against Jammeh’s formation, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC).
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