President-elect Adama Barrow said his trumpious win brings new hope in a new Gambia. President Yahya Jammeh, the country’s military-backed strongman, and tyrannical ruler shocked the world by accepting defeat as the “will of Allah” at a time that most African dictators are refusing to leave peacefully.
“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” the electoral commission chief, Alieu Momar Njie said.
“I am very, very, very happy. I’m excited that we won this election and from now hope starts,” said Barrow.
President Yahya Jammeh has promised to help Barrow towards the transition and called for peace and stability to be maintained.
Jammeh has said in the past he would leave peacefully if Gambians ever decide to vote him out and retire as a farmer at his home village, Kanilai, some 73 miles southeast of the capital, Banjul.
Many Gambians are already calling for the prosecution of Jammeh, who has notified the UN of The Gambia’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.
However, President-Elect Adama Barrow has not signaled such a move. Barrow told Jammeh he would be consulted when advice is needed on Friday, in a phone conversation.
Gambian youths voted to regain their liberty and economic freedom. They are hoping that a Barrow presidency will reform the economy with policies that will encourage private sector growth and attract investors.