Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh has conceded defeat in the presidential election.
This brings an end to his 22 year ‘reign’ as leader of the West African country. Jammeh was defeated by a new comer on the political scene, Adama Barrow.
Barrow thanking supporters
Barrow polled in over 265,000 votes, ahead of the incumbent, Jammeh who fell 212,000 votes behind.
Supporters of Adama Barrow jubiliating
Jammeh seized power in 1994, ousting former president Sir Dawda Jawara in a bloodless coup. The country’s economy has grown and poverty has fallen under Jammeh’s rule, but human rights organizations have accused the 51-year-old leader of widespread abuses and repression of opposition activists.
The 51yr old has since won four elections all of which have been contested or marred by violence. Known to be anti-western, President Yahya Jammeh has pulled Gambia out of the Commonwealth and the International Crime Court.