Gambia: Regime cuts off Internet, blocks international phone calls ahead of election

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December 1, 2016
Independent [UK]    
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"Gambia has shut down the internet and blocked all international phone calls as the nation goes to the polls for its presidential elections. Analysts say there is a chance the people of the small west African nation will vote out the dictatorial regime of President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994 and later amended the constitution to remove presidential term limits. Up against Mr Jammeh is the former London security guard Adama Barrow, who is supported by an alliance of eight opposition parties clamouring for regime chance. But the sitting government has not made things easy. Phone and internet services to the country’s 1.9 million people were cut in the hours before polling stations opened, int an apparent bid to prevent the unified opposition from mobilising -- though officials said it was to reduce the risk of unrest." (12/01/16)  

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