Nov 26 - Gambia's Jammeh wins with 72 pct of vote in a poll regional leaders said was marked by intimidation of voters and the opposition. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh wins a new five-year term with 72 percent of the vote. While some were out celebrating the landslide victory, others were not. One opposition presidential candidate rejected the results. (SOUNDBITE) OPPOSITION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, OUSAINOU DARBOE, SAYING(English) : "The United democratic Party and Gambia Moral Congress Alliance vehemently and unconditionally reject the results of the presidential election as announced by the independent electoral commission. We consider the results giving out are bogus fraudulent and does not reflect the realities of what is on the ground." Jammeh is one of Africa's most controversial rulers. In 2007 he said that he had a herbal concoction that cured AIDS, but only on Thursdays, a claim derided by international health experts. He declared in July that neither a vote nor a coup could oust him, saying he ruled thanks to divine intervention. Jammeh's supporters point to development projects undertaken while others note the crippling poverty in a country where income per head is around $1 a day. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters