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International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

IMF Country Report No. 22/195

International Monetary Fund. African Dept.

1. The Gambia continues to make significant progress in its democratic transformation (MEFP ¶1). Presidential and parliamentary elections were peacefully completed in December 2021 and April 2022, respectively. They were considered free and transparent by local and international observers. President Barrow won a second five-year term; his party and its alliance hold half of the parliamentary seats.1 The Government intends to issue soon a white paper on the way forward to national reconciliation and restoration of justice.2 The Gambia was hit by a fourth wave of the COVID- 19 pandemic (the Omicron) in late 2021-early 2022. New infection cases have dropped to close to zero since February 2022, notwithstanding a low vaccination rate (20.5 percent of the adult population) in the context of stepped-up vaccine supply and communication campaign (Text Figure 1).3