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September 28, 1996
Web posted at: 11:10 a.m. EDT (1510 GMT)

Gambia army ruler wins election


BANJUL, Gambia (CNN) -- Gambia's military leader Yahya Jammeh was declared the winner in the West African nation's presidential elections after capturing 55 percent of the votes.

The victory, officially announced late Friday, comes about two years after Jammeh rose to power in a military coup. Jammeh's main rival, Ousainou Darboe, finished with 36 percent of the vote and has taken refuge in Senegal's embassy in the Gambian capital, fearing an assassination plot.

The voting on Thursday was peaceful but the legal framework of the election was criticized at home and abroad for allegedly ensuring Jammeh's victory.

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New party formed in Japan as elections near


TOKYO (CNN) -- Japanese legislators formally launched a new party Saturday hoping to siphon votes from Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's conservatives in upcoming parliamentary elections.

The new Democratic Party, comprised of liberal-leaning politicians, will field 121 candidates in the October 20 elections. Some 57 incumbent legislators have joined the group thus far, making it the third largest political party in Japan.

At stake in the elections will be all 500 seats in the powerful lower house of Parliament, which selects the prime minister.

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