- President Yahya Jammeh lost the presidential election in Gambia after 22 years in power
- He earlier conceded defeat to his opponent, Adama Barrow
- After one week, he has changed his mind and rejected the outcome of the presidential election
The president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has rejected the results of the December 1 presidential election in the country.
In a 27 minute televised address to the country on Friday, December 9, he called for fresh election to be conducted by a “God-fearing and independent electoral commission.”
This comes one week after he conceded defeat to the leader of the opposition, Adama Barrow.
According to him, his investigations showed that the elections were rigged and that is why he changed his mind.
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“After a thorough investigation, I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election. I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process.
“I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a god-fearing and independent electoral commission,” he said.
Jammeh, who took power in a coup in 1994 has ruled the country for 22 years. In those years, he was acquired a reputation as a ruthless leader. Human Rights Watch accused him of using violence to silence critics ahead of the election.
He was defeated by Adama Barrow, who won more than 43% of the vote.
There was wild jubilation when he called his opponent to concede defeat, only for him to make a U-turn one week later.
However, the African Union has described Jammeh’s rejection of the outcome of the election as "null and void" since he had already conceded defeat.
He has been urged to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power.
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