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Gambia’s president concedes defeat to opposition candidate

Gambia’s president concedes defeat to opposition candidate

Yahya Jammeh

President Yahya Jammeh who has ruled the tiny West African country of the Gambia for more than 22 years has conceded defeat to the opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

Barrow, who has the support of seven political parties, had won 22 out of 53 constituencies or 138,148 votes in Thursday’s presidential polls.

According to the electoral commission, incumbent Jammeh won 14 out of 53 constituencies or 126,587 votes.

Report says the election is won by a simple majority in the poverty-stricken West African nation, which largely relies on peanut exports for trade income.
Gambians on Thursday voted amid a shutdown of all internet and telephone lines, which raised fears of Jammeh planning to hijack the election.

Meanwhile, the lines were expected to remain disconnected until Sunday.
Jammeh, a former army colonel who came to power during a 1994 military coup, has been ruling the Islamic Republic with an iron fist.

He is running for a fifth five-year term against two other candidates.

The two candidates are Barrow, a businessman popular with the country’s largely unemployed youth and Mama Kandeh, leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress, the only opposition party that did not join forces with Barrow.

Ironically, all three candidates were born in the same year, 1965.
However, the capital, Banjul, remained calm on Friday, in spite of a heavy security force presence.

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