Gambian police on Monday lifted a ban on political activities provoked by violent clashes allegedly between supporters of President Adama Barrow and those of former leader Yahya Jammeh.

The ban, put in place on January 11, had suspended permission for rallies and other public political events as the country prepares for local elections in April.

A police statement released Monday said "political parties that wish to hold political activities using public address systems are welcome to send in their requests."

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It reiterated a "commitment to ensure that political activities are conducted in a safe and secure atmosphere," following the clashes in early January.

Supporters of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) allege they were attacked near President Barrow's village on January 8, and in two similar incidents in the following days.

The presidency confirmed several people were injured in the first confrontation, while supporters of the ruling United Democratic Party say villagers attacked the APRC supporters, not their members.

The APRC was once led by Jammeh, who left the country for exile in Equatorial Guinea just over a year ago.


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