The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the outcome of the country’s December 1 presidential polls calling for fresh elections to be held.
Jammeh lost to a real estate mogul and political novice Adama Barrow, who backed by a coalition of seven opposition parties and an independent candidate.
Jammeh who has ruled The Gambia with an iron-fist for 22 years accused the country’s electoral commission of rigging the elections in favor of the opposition.
President Yahya Jammeh accepted defeat last week and called the polls were transparent. Jammeh told reporters that The Gambia’s unique electoral system was also rig-proof.
Jammeh called his defeat “the will of Allah” and says as a true Muslim, he will never question Allah’s will.
This is transparent, this is the will of Allah and as a Muslim, I accept it in good faith. The Gambian people have chosen you. After 22 years I am grateful to the almighty Allah for that,” Jammeh said. “Allah is telling me that my time is up and I hand over graciously, with gratitude to the Gambian people and gratitude to the almighty Allah to you.”
Jammeh had received praises from world leaders for conceding, but amid fears of being prosecuted for crimes against the state, the outgoing Gambian president declared the outcome of the polls null and void.
Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow said Monday that he is democratically elected president of the West African nation and demanded Mr. Jammeh to respect the will of the people and allow the peaceful transition of power.