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September 28, 1996
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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
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.
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
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
At stake in the elections will be all 500 seats in the
powerful lower house of Parliament, which selects the prime
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