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Gambia's 22-year president in rare election challenge

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>> A historic moment for Gambia, its citizens voting in a general election Thursday. At stake, whether President Yahya Jammeh may continue his 22 year rule, or whether he'll be replaced by a surging coalition of opposition groups, behind businessman, Adama Barrow. Jammeh's eccentricity is famous, once saying only God could remove him from office.
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And then declaring the country an Islamic republic last year in a seemingly snap decision. Barrow's campaign calls for revamping the country's sagging economy and human rights changes. In April, small protests calling for electoral reforms lead to dozens of arrests, including an opposition leader. Two have died in custody and the rest remain in prison.
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Jammeh's railed against Western influences. Suggestions of unfair polling at past elections. He's banned European observers were monitoring the election. Although the African Union has been allowed entry.