Tomorrow, around 800,000 Gambians are expected to re-elect Yahya Jammah as their president, an interesting choice to say the least. The close friend of Jermaine Jackson once threatened to cut off the head of gay people in Gambia according to the Guardian. Aside from that he believes he has some kind of healing powers and can cure obesity. Yeah so can I…it’s called salad.
We’re only just getting started too. The self-proclaimed mystic claims he is able to cure AIDS and Erectile Dysfunction. Really he’s creating extra work for himself; if he just stopped curing Erectile Dysfunction then perhaps the mass of AIDS patients will decrease. Considering he can supposedly only cure the deadly disease on Thursdays, he could do with a few less people to deal with.
That being said it seems Jammeh has this election in the bag. I’m just struggling to work out what has made him such a popular candidate since 1995. I suppose it’s possible that it’s his outstanding generosity; the Guardian reported that he has cemented his 17-year reign by dishing out death sentences and gifts. Well it’s safe to say I wouldn’t want to spend Christmas at the Jammeh’s; we wish you a merry Christmas…now off with your head!
As if their favourite candidate isn’t questionable enough, they have a somewhat unusual way of voting too. The residents of the small African nation are to drop a marble into one of three coloured drums representing their president of choice. No need to worry though, they’ve hired people to listen out for anyone trying to multiple-vote. Well that sounds fool proof, I’ll sleep better tonight now.
The Guardian stated that the system was introduced in 1965 for a population with illiteracy rates topping 75%. The figures are currently at 55% after the president’s attempts to improve schools. Maybe if he tried a little harder they would be able to vote using ballot papers. Just saying.
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