The Gambia’s President Yayha Janmmeh has said his development record should see him win Thursday’s election.
In an interview with the BBC’s Umaru Fofana he says he has taken the Gambia ” from stone-age to a modern country”.
He says that he has improved the education sector, ensuring free education in primary and secondary school with plans for free university education in 2018.
“Ninety-eight per cent of students in universities are on scholarships.”
He says that when he took over there were only two high schools.
Mr Jammeh says that his government has also improved health care and offered free medical care to pregnant women, “something that is unprecedented in Africa, not even in the UK”.
This is the only country in the world where medical care in government hospitals costs 5 US cents.
You can’t walk 25km [15 miles] without reaching a major health centre.”
Asked whether he would expand the democratic space if he won the election, he said that any dissenting voice that was detrimental to national security would not be tolerated.
“If they are not tolerated in the UK and US why should they be tolerated in Africa.”