Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia’s authoritarian president of 22 years, has suffered a surprise defeat in the country’s general election. He will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of the vote. Gambians in Serekunda, the country’s biggest urban area, have been celebrating Adama Barrow’s victory…
Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, has conceded, said elect0ral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie.
Before announcing the final result, Mr Njie appealed for calm as the country entered unchartered waters.
The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence in 1965.
Mr Barrow won 263,515 votes (45.5%) in Thursday’s election, while President Jammeh took 212,099 (36.7%), according to the elect0ral commission. A third party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 102,969 (17.8%).
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