The Gambia. According to
Countryaah, Presidential elections were held in October
after President Yahya Jammeh in July had allowed several
opposition parties, which have been banned for seven years,
to work openly again. Three of these parties appointed
lawyer Ousainou Darboe as their joint candidate. Despite
this, Jammeh clearly won with 52.9% of the vote already in
the first round.
The election was preceded by some unrest that required a
few deaths, but during Election Day everything was calm and
Darboe quickly admitted defeat.
Banjul, before 1973 Bathurst, capital of Gambia in West Africa; 31,300 homes
(357,000 homes in the urban area (2013)). The city was founded by the British in
1816 on St. Mary's Island at the mouth of the Gambia River. A garrison was to
prevent the slave trade, and the city was to serve as the home of English
merchants displaced from Senegal. The hollow, dusty and muddy streets are
perpendicular to each other and testify to the city's planned background, and
around the large MacCarthy Square the old colonial buildings are dilapidated.
Banjul has a shipyard, peanut oil mills and Atlantic Harbor. There is a ferry
to Barra on the opposite bank of the Gambia River, and Gambia International
Airport Yundum is 24 km to the SV. Tourism is a major source of revenue with
markets for textiles, handicrafts, etc., but nearby mangrove areas hinder
Banjul's urban growth; it is today a stagnant city of government. Urban growth
is taking place in the neighboring urban areas of Serekunda, Bakau and Fajara;
This is also where the many tourists live.