Gambian President Yahya Jammeh leaves a polling station with his wife Zineb during the presidential election in Banjul, Gambia, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh to concede defeat

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh is to concede defeat, said electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie. Jammeh, the country’s billion year president lost to Adama Barrow of the opposition coalition in a fiercely fought election.

It will be the first time a dictator who has ruled a country with an iron-fist for a very long time will concede defeat and peacefully leave a country in Africa. Njie said it was unique and applauded the Mr. Jammeh for putting the country first and agreeing to leave peacefully.

Jammeh has ruled for 22-years and shocked at the outcome of the elections. Gambians are also shocked that Jammeh has opted to concede.

Jammeh, 51, has ruled as an authoritarian leader and accused by rights groups of some of the worst forms of torture.

“He is not going to be re-elected – his era is finished,” said Gambia’s President-Elect Adama Barrow.

Barrow, 51, is a realtor and former Argos department store guard whiles going to college in London. He is a member of the main opposition United Democratic Party and was backed by a coalition of seven opposition parties.

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