Gambia’s electoral chief declares Barrow president-elect

Gambia’s electoral chief declares Barrow president-elect

The chief of The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission has declared Adama Barrow, a realtor backed by seven opposition parties, as president-elect of mainland Africa’s smallest nation.

Barrow, 51, won 43% of the votes in a shocking electoral outcome Friday. President Yahya Jammeh is expected to concede defeat in a televised address.

“Having received 263, 515 votes out of the total votes cast in the election, I hereby declare Adama Barrow newly elected to serve as president of the republic of the Gambia,” Alieu Momarr Njai said.

The president of Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Momarr Mjiar, announces presidential election results in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon
The president of Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission, Alieu Momarr Mjiar, announces presidential election results in Banjul, Gambia, December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Jammeh during a campiagn stop, President Jammeh said he was not campaigning because his “presidency and power are in the hands of Allah and only Allah can take it from me.”

Barrow is expected to serve as a transitional leader for three years. Elections are expected to be held 2019 for opposition parties to seek for the presidency separately.

Supporters of President Yahya Jammeh are in shock. Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron-fist. He is accused by rights groups of torture, enforced detention.

Barrow has promised to build strong democratic institutions and return the country to its glory of being the human rights champion of Africa.

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